ENGL 137

Creative Writing: Short Story

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Overall 3.7 Easiness 1.2 Workload 1.5 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 3.7

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I recently took this course with Professor Dimuro. It says English 134 but I was in his 139 course.

I gave him a great review in teacher evals, but if I could, I'd retract that review. Perhaps it was pity for this professor- he was angry that nobody spoke up in class although most of us are attentive, and stormed out of the classroom saying we don't care about our futures. We are at UCLA for a reason. Although he appears nice, he doesn't really give a damn about his students, as seen through his actions. We didn't get our first essay graded until 9th week, when the second essay was due during finals week. I don't think it's feasible to plop down a prompt 9th week and have students to do well on their essays due 10th week when we have other finals, without receiving feedback.

On top of that, he loves to ask multiple choice questions on his finals, which I find ridiculous. Unlike other English classes where even if there are specific questions, his questions are a bit too specific- based on ridiculous background information of the novel, not the foreground text itself. I understand the author's background is important for understanding the work, but it shouldn't be tested on extensively. He also grades horribly unfair on his final essay analysis- it's pretty much not based on your explanation but if you can I.D. the work. Unlike other classes, where there are distinct authors, and distinct texts, the class I took was all Henry James. He took some obscure quote from the preface which sound very similar and a quote from a novel and all Henry Jamesian protagonists, if you read enough of him, are essentially the same. They have the same thought processes and downfalls, and imagery is almost identical across all works.

He added 15 points to everyone's final score because we did so poorly- when did a humanities class have a straight out curve, when most people get D's and F's on their finals?

April 1, 2015
Tananarive Due Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Michelle Huneven See Full Profile

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Professor Huneven is a phenomenal teacher. She is a master of her craft and is beyond passionate about creative writing. I struggled learning how to write creatively, but Huneven never gave up on me. She did everything she could to ensure I acquired the skills necessary to succeed. Huneven is knowledgeable, caring, and intriguing. Learn from a professional writer and take her class!

June 16, 2014
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David Wong Louie See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.0 Clarity 3.9 Helpfulness 3.5

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Professor Louie offers a valuable learning environment for aspiring creative writers and an immensely enjoyable class for everyone else. The workload can be demanding, but always appropriately so. Louie holds his students to a high standard, but he validates those expectations by treating every student's work as a valid work of literature. He assigns one short story each week and asks for a one page response paper explicating each story. He also expects thorough and thoughtful analysis in preparation for each class; close reading of the works is absolutely necessary, as the once-a-week, three hour class is devoted entirely to discussing works of short fiction. In addition to the assigned story from the course reader, the class will also discuss the original, submitted works of three to four students each week. Every classmate and the professor will provide written feedback as well in-depth discussion.

One thing of which interested students should be aware is the ambiguity of grade status. None of the assignments nor the in-class participation will receive grades during the course of the class and Louie is not willing to discuss grades. No students will know their qualitative performance until the final grade appears on URSA. However, this should just encourage those enrolled to focus on the quality of their criticism and writing, both of which ought to be priorities anyway. If this is the case for you, take this class.

Dec. 20, 2010
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