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Scott B. Snyder (11 reviews)

Mako Yoshikawa (2 reviews)

Matthew Sharpe (3 reviews)

Sarah Broom (1 review)

Brett Mcmillan (1 review)

Kathleen Tolan (1 review)

Samuel Lipsyte (5 reviews)

Michael Paulson (9 reviews)

Vrinda Condillac (28 reviews)

C. Dale Worsley (8 reviews)

Leila May-Landy (1 review)

Noemi Cress (4 reviews)

Kelly McMasters (2 reviews)

Martin Pousson (1 review)

Trevor Corson (4 reviews)

Valerie Jacobs (1 review)

Justin Snider (12 reviews)

Joseph Fisher (1 review)

Emily Thibodeaux (1 review)

Colin Harrison (1 review)

Loren-Paul Caplin (2 reviews)

Susan K Hanrahan (3 reviews)

Aaron Winslow (6 reviews)

Leslie Woodard (11 reviews)

Meredith Benjamin (4 reviews)

Ida Lodemel Tvedt (1 review)

Wesley Brown (1 review)

Emily Fragos (4 reviews)

JW McCormack (5 reviews)

Ellen McLaughlin (4 reviews)

Elizabeth Kendall (2 reviews)

Sarah Thomas (1 review)

Richard Locke (6 reviews)

Susan Charlotte (4 reviews)

Julie Moon (1 review)

John Bird (8 reviews)

Polly Devlin (1 review)

Yurina Ko (1 review)

Eliza Minot (1 review)

Steven Lindeman (1 review)

Karen Russell (3 reviews)

James Hannaham (4 reviews)

Brigit McGuire (1 review)

Joshua Green (7 reviews)

Lynne Tillman (1 review)

Thomas Beller (4 reviews)

Reid Sharpless (4 reviews)

No name (0 reviews)

Morgan Parker (1 review)

Brianne Baker (2 reviews)

Timothy Lundy (2 reviews)

Adam Berlin (9 reviews)

Andy Bragen (1 review)

Rachel Sherman (2 reviews)

Priscilla Becker (13 reviews)

Ellis Avery (5 reviews)

Emma Crandall (5 reviews)

Nalini Jones (1 review)

Donna Masini (5 reviews)

Nelly Rosario (4 reviews)

Gregory Lichtenberg (1 review)

Paolo Javier (1 review)

Nitzan Rotenberg (2 reviews)

Edward Park (1 review)

Hilma Wolitzer (1 review)

Margo Jefferson (1 review)

Alan Ziegler (5 reviews)

Peter Campbell (1 review)

Kal Wagenheim (8 reviews)

Aaron Hamburger (15 reviews)

Mia Florin-Sefton (2 reviews)

Avia Tadmor (3 reviews)

Glenda Adams (6 reviews)

Raymond Kennedy (4 reviews)

Joanna Hershon (3 reviews)

Selby Wynn Schwartz (6 reviews)

Ryan Harty (2 reviews)

Liana Finck (3 reviews)

Maxwell Uphaus (2 reviews)

Rachel Schwerin (2 reviews)

Yvette Siegert (1 review)

Allen Durgin (7 reviews)

Sneha Desai (2 reviews)

Catherine Steindler (4 reviews)

Joshua Bell (2 reviews)

Mark Strand (4 reviews)

Ben Marcus (2 reviews)

Robert Montgomery (2 reviews)

Louise Ermelino (3 reviews)

Edward Pomerantz (3 reviews)

Victor LaValle (2 reviews)

Lindsay Gibson (8 reviews)

Hee-Jin Kim (1 review)

Cris Beam (3 reviews)

Leslie Sharpe (4 reviews)

Jennifer Lillian Miller (5 reviews)

Benjamin Anastas (4 reviews)

James Helgeson (19 reviews)

Sigrid Nunez (2 reviews)

Mary Grace Albanese (3 reviews)

John Bowers (2 reviews)

Marcus Gardley (3 reviews)

Heidi S Julavits (1 review)

Taleen Mardirossian (2 reviews)

Susan Thames (6 reviews)

Louise Rose (5 reviews)

Mary Gordon (21 reviews)

Jennifer Offill (4 reviews)

Jenny Boylan (2 reviews)

Nicholas Goodly (1 review)

Crystal Kim (3 reviews)

Phyllis Raphael (2 reviews)

Rebecca Curtis (6 reviews)

Marina Budhos (5 reviews)

Shelley Saltzman (6 reviews)

Meredith Benjamin (5 reviews)

Marie Myung-Ok Lee (3 reviews)

Alexandra Sears (1 review)

Tara L Gallagher (4 reviews)

Sonya Chung (2 reviews)

Stacey D'Erasmo (1 review)

Phillip Lopate (1 review)

Glenn Gordon (14 reviews)

Aled Gwyn Roberts (2 reviews)

Idra Novey (2 reviews)

Joseph Fasano (1 review)

Amy Benson (3 reviews)

Christina Iglesias (4 reviews)

Austin Flint (4 reviews)

Campbell Johnston Birch (3 reviews)

Chris McKeen (1 review)

Imy Berry (1 review)

Adam Winters (3 reviews)

Valeria Tsygankova (9 reviews)

Sabrina Sophia Ali (1 review)

  • 20th C. Literary Non-Fiction Lecture
  • 21st Century American Poetry and Its Concerns.
  • ADV ACAD WRITING FOR GS
  • advanced critical writing
  • Advanced Fiction
  • Advanced Nonfiction Workshop
  • Advanced Playwriting
  • Advanced Poetry Workshop
  • ALP 9
  • Approaches to Poetry
  • Approaches to the Short Story
  • Beginner's Poetry Workshop
  • Beginning Fiction
  • Beginning Fiction Workshop
  • Beginning Fiction Writing
  • composition
  • Creative Non-Fiction: Journalism
  • CREA W1001
  • Eccentrics & Outsiders
  • Exercises in Style
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  • Fiction Seminar: The First Person
  • Fiction Workshop
  • Filmwriting
  • Filmwriting Workshop
  • First Year Writing: Women and Culture
  • First-Year Writing: Women & Culture
  • First-Year Writing: Women & Culture
  • Free Verse and Poetic Forms
  • GS fiction workshop
  • Intermediate Fiction Workshop
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  • Nonfiction Fall 2004
  • Nonfiction Seminar: The Lyric Essay
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  • Short Prose Forms
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  • Structure and Style I
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  • The Here and Now
  • Translation
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  • University Writing
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  • University Writing
  • University Writing
  • UWriting
  • UWriting - Gender
  • W3034 Cultural Criticism
  • Writing
  • Young Adult Novel
  • May 2021

    I am writing this review because I don't want others to have to experience what my peers and I went through. I would not recommend taking any classes with Philip Lopate. While he did provide writing advice, Prof Lopate's critiques were frequently also based on his personal opinions or politics. This made the atmosphere of the workshop very fraught because he didn't meet the writer where they were at, instead offering his own vision. Students frequently wrote about their lived experiences, and often these were experiences that Prof didn't share; his "opinions" on someone's life or identity were sometimes offensive or irrelevant. I did not trust his writing advice, because of the opinions he included along with it. Prof Lopate's critiques opened the door for other students to share their own personal opinions on pieces, which a few times resulted in students yelling or speaking aggressively about another student. These moments left me shaken and uncomfortable, even when they weren't about me or my work. These moments were not interrupted, addressed, or regulated by the Prof. Prof. Lopate enjoys referring to some themes and writers as "universal" and speaking about others as niche or potentially having "no audience." Without fail, the universal vs. particular for him divides along the lines of straight/cis/white/normative/able-bodied/neurotypical vs. everyone else. The structure of the course was to have a critique, while the writer is not allowed to speak. After the critique, the writer is meant to say a few words. Prof Lopate facilitated this, but would often forget to ask certain students if they wanted to speak before moving on to the next critique. These students were most frequently women. Some disturbing moments throughout the class: -On his syllabus, he says that everyone must participate unless for some reason they are "pathologically shy." -To a student who wrote about their struggles with weight and self-image: "Looking at you, you’re not fat, and that’s an insult to people who actually are fat." -About a Black author: "He's the last not-angry Black man. -On a queer woman's essay: "Not all straight men are bad." -On a student's essay about their experience with mental illness: “There’s this elite clubbiness, now everyone has to be bipolar. -On a student's essay about an abusive relationship: “Not all men require women to be subservient. and "It's not fair to the men who aren't like this guy." -On a woman's outfit: "I used to be able to say that’s a pretty dress, but I can't anymore." -On Rudyard Kipling: "The colonists could really write." -Describing an Indian character: "exotic."

    Apr 2021

    Great professor! She's really professional with a great attitude. Her class is not an easy A, but as long as you show progress you'll pass. The workload is sometimes not balanced, but not intense.

    Apr 2021

    I don't think Bo's teaching UW in the future so I'll be brief: he's everything you want in a UW professor. Interesting readings and discussions, lots of helpful comments on each draft, fair grading and expectations, interesting and fun occasional tangents, easy to talk to in office hours, and invested in students.

    Apr 2021

    Curious about different creative writing genres (I've dabbled in poetry in the past), I was surprised to find that most of the other students in this small workshop were actors, screenwriters, and/or theatre or film majors. They brought perspectives and voices and pieces that knocked my socks off. Once weekly for 2 hours, we cast each other to read our 5-page scenes, followed by a brief discussion of the assigned reading (one play, usually 70-100 fast, enjoyable pages). Prof. Tolan has a lot of wisdom to share, so soak it all up! I feel like I've grown and learned a lot. Would recommend for non-CW-majors!!

    Dec 2020

    I actually had her two years ago. But I came to see her page and saw that there was only one review of her. To follow the previous review and underscore how bad she is, I'm pretty sure that nobody in our class got an A. She was completely ineffective at explaining the already impenetrable reading. The only chance to get over a B in the class entailed going and sitting with her in the writing center and walking out more confused than when you entered. Do not take this section under any circumstance it will make your first year that much harder.