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.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Examine and discuss creative writing elements used by published authors in fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama.
- Practice various creative writing elements discussed in class to your own writing by completing writing exercises in a personal writing journal.
- Demonstrate the use of creative writing elements in your own writing by creating and revising a portfolio of writing that includes a dramatic scene, short story, two poems, and short memoir.
- Receive and give feedback through the practice of “workshopping”. Develop a writing practice by meeting other writers and become familiar with “the writing life”.
- 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
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.
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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.
- College of Arts, School of English and Theatre Studies
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Creative Writing Certificate : Required Courses