The Kidd Tutorial
Kidd Tutorial sections meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:00 - 3:50 p.m. (all three terms).
- Workshops: Students are encouraged and challenged in their writing all year long. Although the Kidd Tutorial is not solely a workshop course, workshops are a component throughout the program. Students generate new work in all three genres—both assigned and self-directed—and, of course, respond to their peers’ writing.
- Reading: Reading critically as a writer is an essential life-long skill for all writers. Just as a musician studies other musicians and visual artists study other visual artists, writers examine how authors have put together a story, poem, or essay; what craft choices they have made; and why they made those choices and to what effect. Students in the Kidd Tutorial Program read widely and deeply throughout the year from core texts (as well as from texts their tutor may assign) and respond, both through reading logs and class discussion, with a rigorous and analytical mind.
- Inquiry and Research: The process of inquiry—a close examination of a matter in a search for information and truth—is a cornerstone of the Kidd Program. Asking questions, analyzing, probing, digging deeper into texts both published and self-generated is how writers identify and clarify issues (both thematic and craft-driven) at stake in their own work; this is what Kidd Program students do throughout the year. Students submit a proposal in the fall that describes their concerns, creative preoccupations, and the readings they will study to extend and investigate those concerns. Winter term focuses on reading and research for an extensive annotated bibliography; Spring term, students present their findings to their peers and write a 15-20 page "Summary of Findings" paper that is both scholarly and craft-driven.
- Final Creative Project: Completion of the Kidd Tutorial culminates in a significant body of work, the equivalent of an undergraduate thesis, consisting of 15-20 poems, 3-4 short stories, a novella,or, on occasion, essays in creative nonfiction. Many Kidd Tutorial students go on to take Advanced Workshops in their genre with Creative Writing faculty, often in preparation to apply for graduate study.
- Kidd Talks and Visiting Writers: Kidd students attend all the evening readings, and are encouraged to have books signed, by our visiting writers who come to campus as part of the Creative Writing Program's Reading Series. In addition, visiting writers, writers from the University of Oregon, and Willamette Valley area writers are invited to give 50-minute talks to all the Kidd students in an intimate setting. The Kidd Talks vary from lectures about craft elements, to discussions about the authors' work (students are assigned work by authors prior to the talks), and Q & A. Previous Kidd students have frequently named the Kidd Talks as one of the highlights of their time in our Program.
Kidd Tutorial Credits
Students accepted to the Kidd Tutorial Program register for CRWR 417 in the fall, CRWR 418 in the winter, and CRWR 419 in the spring. If a student is pursuing a minor in Creative Writing, CRWR 418 counts for one intermediate CRWR course, and CRWR 419 counts for one advanced CRWR course.
If a student is not pursuing a minor in creative writing, the twelve credit hours (4 credits per term) count toward a student's degree as elective credits; if you are interested in the Kidd Tutorial, make sure you don’t use up all your electives prior to applying.
For English majors, the first two Kidd courses (CRWR 417, 418) will fulfill English major upper-division elective credits; the third term (CRWR 419) may be accepted to fulfill one of the other requirements (perhaps “1789 to the present,” or a gender or race/ethnicity category). English majors should check with the English Department's Director of Undergraduate Studies about this possibility.