Professor Karin's passion for creative writing really supported my love and appreciation for poetry. While we did have to write a poem weekly and submit revisions biweekly, it never felt like an actual homework assignment. The professor excels at encouraging you to explore your writing style and voice. I also found it really helpful to just listen to my classmates' poetry and participate in "workshop" discussions where we would either analyze or reflect on pieces. Couldn't recommend this enough.
Professor Karin's passion for creative writing really supported my love and appreciation for poetry. While we did have to write a poem weekly and submit revisions biweekly, it never felt like an actual homework assignment. The professor excels at encouraging you to explore your writing style and voice. I also found it really helpful …Read more
She is the most wonderful and compassionate prof at this school. If you want to write, she can help. Karin is a fair grader and as long as you put in effort, she rewards you, despite whether or not you are the best poet.
Jay Parini is the best professor I have ever had and one of the coolest people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. His laid-back teaching style only inspired my poetry further and the class discussions were rich and enjoyable.
Regardless of your major, he is the best professor you will have in Middlebury. Funny, smart, and has quite possibly the most interesting life out of everyone on campus. Be creative and talk to him after class. He's a superb person
I thoroughly enjoyed this class. Jay Parini is a pleasure to have as a teacher. I came into the class intimidated because I had little background in creative writing and poetry. JP and classmates created a super welcoming and enriching environment. Easy grading, great atmosphere. Very glad I took this course.
While this class is a lot of writing, it helped me grow so much as a writer having to constantly be working on something new and revising my work. Karin is the kindest and most accommodating prof I've had and she truly cares about her students and the course material.
I loved working with Karin she is an amazing poet and I really enjoyed the weekly poems although sometimes I had writers' block they are a major break from the work week and are a way to write it out. Karin is very understanding and an angel to work with
Worst I have ever done in a class at Middlebury despite putting in more effort than most other classes. It seems especially unfair given that poetry is supposed to be subjective. Would not take this class again.