Creative Writing

Patrick Lawler

Adjunct Professor of English

An adjunct professor of English (MA in English/Creative Writing from Syracuse University), he teaches Introduction to Playwriting, Advanced Playwriting, Creative Writing for Performance, Scriptwriting, and Creative Writing Workshop. He has three collections of poetry published: A Drowning Man is Never Tall Enough (University of Georgia Press), Reading a Burning Book (Basfal Books), and Feeding the Fear of the Earth, the winner of the Many Mountains Moving poetry book competition (2006). He has been awarded fellowships by the New York State Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment of the Arts, and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. In addition, he has had poetry and fiction appear in over 75 journals including American Letters & Commentary, American Poetry Review, Central Park, The Iowa Review, Ironwood, Many Mountains Moving, Shenandoah, Northwest Review, and Southern Humanities Review. He has written, in collaboration or individually, numerous plays including "Voice/Box," "What's Inside," and "Circle of Willis." His work includes experimental multimedia pieces, participation in slam competitions, and performance art. As an Associate Professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, he is director of the ESF Writing Program where he teaches writing and nature literature courses. To email Pat- pjlawler@esf.edu


Courses taught by Patrick Lawler

CRW 386 Introduction to Playwriting - A workshop that introduces students to the techniques of dramatic writing. In our explorations of structure, dialogue, and methods of characterization, students begin by writing one- to two-page exercises, advance to outlines for plot and character, and finally write a ten-minute play which is performed in class. Prerequisites: ENG 100, ENG 200/218, ENG 300/318.

CRW 387 Scriptwriting - This course provides study and practice in the special requirements of writing fictional works for television and film. This course will focus on: basic dramatic structures and story telling, the premise, the pitch, character development, writing the treatment, story outlines, writing the master scene and completing the script. At semester end, students are expected to produce full-length tele-plays, radio dramas or film scripts.

CRW389 Writing the One Act Play - The goal of this course is to write a one-act play. It is designed for students who have some experience with writing plays or with a strong creative writing background. We will explore structure, dialogue, methods of characterization, conflict, plot, subplot, and theatrical components (movement, sound, visual effects) using discussion, examples, and exercises. We will advance to plot outlines and character sketches, and finally the student will write a one-act play which will be performed in class. Prerequisite: THR/ENG/CRW 386 or permission of Instructor.

David Lloyd, PhD

Program Director, Professor of English

After earning  his bachelor's degree in English at St. Lawrence University, David Lloyd received his MA in Creative Writing (1985) and his Ph.D. in literature (1985) from Brown University. His articles, interviews, poems and stories have appeared in magazines in the US, Canada and Britain, including Crab Orchard Review, Denver Quarterly, DoubleTake, Planet, Poetry Wales, and TriQuarterly. After winning the 2002 Maryland State Poetry & Literary Society's chapbook contest, his poetry collection The Everyday Apocalypse was published by Three Conditions Press. New American Press published his poem sequence The Gospel According to Frank in 2003. Syracuse University Press published his fiction collection, Boys: Stories and a Novella in 2004. In 2000, he received the Poetry Society of America's Robert H. Winner Memorial Award, judged by W. D. Snodgrass. He is the editor of The Urgency of Identity: Contemporary English-language Poetry from Walesand the author of Writing on the Edge: Interviews with Writers and Editors of Wales. In 1997 he founded Le Moyne's creative writing program, serving as its director from 1997-1998 and 2002-2005. He is the poetry editor for the magazine DoubleTake/Points of Entry, published bi-annually (http://www.doubletakecommunity.org), and the current Rev. Kevin G. O'Connell, SJ, Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Le Moyne.


Courses taught by David Lloyd

CRW 385, Creative Writing Workshop - In this introductory workshop we will discuss writing techniques as well as poetry and fiction published by established authors, but most of our time will be devoted to discussing student writing with an eye toward revision and improvement. Half of the course will be devoted to poetry and half to fiction. While students will be encouraged to write in any form and explore any topic, I will also provide suggestions for form and content. Students will complete a final portfolio of fiction and poetry, to be handed in at the end of term.

CRW 392, Advanced Fiction Workshop - This is writing workshop is designed for students who have completed CRW 385, Creative Writing Workshop, and wish to focus entirely on fiction writing.  The class will discuss student writing as well as short stories by established contemporary authors.  Most of our attention will be directed towards the revision and improvement of student fiction.  By the end of the term, students will submit a completed manuscript of 20 typed pages. IMPORTANT: This term I will be using Blackboard to facilitate distribution of student fiction and writing exercises. I will frequently post announcements on Blackboard, so students should log on several times a week.

CRW 481, Creative Writing Tutorial - Creative Writing Tutorial, the capstone course for the creative writing concentration, consists of a semester (usually the spring of the senior year) in which the student works one-on-one with a creative writing program faculty member as well as in workshops with other students to create a polished portfolio of poetry or fiction, including revisions of previously work and new writing. To enroll in this tutorial, students must declare a creative writing concentrator or minor. They also must have completed three creative writing workshops.

Linda Pennisi

Visiting Assistant Professor

Linda Pennisi, director of Le Moyne's dreative writing program, earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Le Moyne College and her Master of Fine Arts in writing from Vermont College. Seamless (www.perugiapress.com), her first book of poems and winner of the Perugia Press Intro Book Prize, was also named First Runner-up by poet Philip Levine for the Levine Poetry Prize, as well as a finalist in several competitions. Her second book, Suddenly, Fruit received the 2005 Carolina Wren Press Poetry Series Book Award judged by poet William Pitt Root and will appear in August, 2006 (www.carolinawrenpress.org). She was awarded a Saltonstall Individual Artists Grant in 2004, and Perugia Press received a Greenwall Fund Grant from the Academy of American Poets to assist in the publication of Seamless. Individual poems have appeared or will be appearing in literary journals such as McSweeny's, Hunger Mountain, Lyric Poetry Review and Runes.



Courses taught by Linda Pennisi

ENG/CRW 385 Creative Writing Workshop - ENG/CRW 385 If you’ve ever wanted to explore the realm of writing stories and poems, this course is for you. CRW 385 is a creative writing workshop geared toward helping you find and develop the writer in you. During our class meetings we will discuss writing techniques as well as writing samples by established writers, but most of the time will be devoted to completing in-class exercises and discussing student assignments. Students will learn to consider their work with an eye toward revision and improvement. The first part of the class will be devoted to fiction; the second to poetry.

CRW/ENG 391 Advanced Poetry Workshop - In this poetry-focused creative writing workshop, we will explore a variety of experiences (i.e. art, memory, nature, popular culture, current events, etc.) as potential topics of poems, and students will learn to implement elements of craft and vision to bring their insights and concerns to the page in meaningful, artful ways. During our class meetings we will discuss writing techniques as well as writing samples by established writers, but most of the time will be devoted to discussing student poems, with an eye toward revision and improvement. Some focus will be placed on in-class writing exercises, as well as a possible field trip to an event outside the classroom.

CRW/ENG 388 Writing into the World - This is a five-week, one-credit service learning course for students interested in sharing their creative writing skills with senior citizens in a workshop held at the Jewish Health and Rehabilitation Center. If interested, contact Linda Pennisi at 445-4317 or pennisl@lemoyne.edu).


Dan Roche

Dan Roche

Associate Professor

Dan Roche, associate professor in the Department of Communication and Film Studies, is a writer of essays, memoirs and articles.  His books include Love's Labors: A Memoir of Marriage and Divorce (Riverhead, 1998) and Great Expectation: A Father's Diary (Iowa, 2008).  His essays have appeared in a number of literary journals, such as Fourth Genre, The North American Review, Under the Sun, River Teeth, Stone Canoe, The Journal, and sportsjones, and they have won The Ohio State Alumni Magazine Award and the William Allen Award for Creative Nonfiction.  Roche graduated from the nonfiction writing program at the University of Iowa, where he also earned a Ph.D. in English with a concentration in nonfiction.  He was a 2005 New York Foundation for the Arts fellow in nonfiction literature, and he has taught nonfiction writing at Iowa, the University of Central Arkansas and Le Moyne.  In addition to creative nonfiction, he teaches many different courses in journalism. Click here to read an essay of his about being an essayist.


Course taught by Dan Roche

ENG/CRW 395 Creative Nonfiction Workshop - This workshop gives students an opportunity to read and write a wide variety of literary creative nonfiction, including the personal essay, the memoir, travel writing, the lyric essay, the portrait, the humor essay, and the political essay. The class delves into what it means to “tell the truth,” how to create a first-person narrator that is as much like oneself as possible (or maybe not), when it’s effective—and safe—to tell other people’s secrets, and how to deal with the unreliability of memory. Students will get practice in all aspects of nonfiction writing: generating topics; crafting prose that is as attentive to language and rhythm as poetry and as adept at scene, character, setting, and dialogue as fiction; and  enacting on the page the writer’s “story of thought.”