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Course Description

Find your voice and get started as a writer. Join a community of like-minded individuals and develop your writing talent. Highly recommended as a starting point for creative writing knowledge and skills development, the Introduction to Creative Writing course will introduce you to the possibilities of the writing craft and its many forms.

In this course, you will learn fundamental vocabulary, workshop practices, and basic writing skills that can be applied to any genre. You will be introduced to choices of point of view in fiction, basic requirements of narrative scene, dialogue, narrative structure in fiction and nonfiction, techniques of lively writing, metaphoric language and poetic forms. Techniques for getting started as a writer, generating material, finding a voice and some practical information about publishing and the writing life will be covered.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize creative writing elements used by published authors in fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama
  • Demonstrate the use of creative writing elements in your writing
  • Create and maintain a portfolio of your writing
  • Give and receive effective writing feedback
  • Develop a writing practice with other writers
  • Identify with “the writing life”

Course Topics

  • Drama: Subtext, Conflict, and Momentum in Dialogue
  • Fiction I: Story and Scene
  • Fiction II: Point of View and Style
  • Poetry I: Formal Poetry
  • Poetry II: Elements of Free Verse
  • Creative Non-Fiction: Basics
  • Structure & Revision
  • Publishing and Performing

Additional Requirements

There are no prerequisites for this course. You may take this as an individual course or choose to complete the Creative Writing Certificate. This is one of two required courses for the certificate.


Assessment Item Weight
Class Participation 30%
Reading/Writing Journal Exercise 30%
Final Portfolio 40%
Total 100%

Your final portfolio will consist of one short memoir (a maximum of 500 words), one short story (a maximum of 1,000 words), one dramatic monologue, and two poems.

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.  

Sponsoring Partner

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Technical Requirements

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Section Title
Introduction to Creative Writing
Remote Instruction
6:30PM to 9:00PM
September 21, 2021 to November 16, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Guelph
Delivery Options
Remote Instruction  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition Fee $549.00
Potential Discount(s)
Section Notes

This course will be delivered remotely using CourseLink your course website, and Zoom for live video conferencing. You will be required to participate in the live video conferencing each Tuesday evening.

Registration closes Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

You will have access to CourseLink on September 14, 2021, to download your course outline and begin your readings to prepare for the first Zoom live session. An orientation will be offered to students on Tuesday, September 14 at 6:30 pm ET. Further information will be provided after registration.

It is the student's responsibility to be sure you have the technical requirements to participate in this course including having available

  • Webcam (Built-in or USB plug-in)
  • Headset with microphone, or microphone and speaker (built-in, wireless or USB plug-in)

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