For the writer, reading is more than an act of leisure. Reading is a vital part of the writers’ job and most writers will admit, in part, that they’ve learned how to write through reading. By reading examples of literary work through the lens of the writing practice, students will learn to consider questions of authorial choice (including implications of choices relating to point-of-view, structure, and voice). Creative Writing through Reading will concentrate on three genres: fiction (short story, novel excerpts), creative nonfiction (memoir, lyric essay) and poetry.
Students will be encouraged to think about reading as a creative act in which they collaborate with an author to create an imagined world and to consider the reading of creative work as an act that builds empathy.
Students will be encouraged to consider creative writing as an art of authorial choice and selection and expand their own range of choice. The course will also touch on techniques for getting started as a writer, generating material, finding a voice and transforming life experience into writing.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Define what it means to read closely, reading and responding to close readings in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry
- Identify various approaches to style including dialogue, description, character development, sound and rhythm
- Apply stylistic techniques in your writing that have been presented in the course readings
- Demonstrate the use of creative writing styles and techniques in your own writing by creating and revising a portfolio of writing that consists of one non-fiction piece (short memoir or lyric essay), one short story, and one to three poems
- Participate in substantive discussions of writing craft and approaches to style
- Give and receive effective writing feedback
It is important to note this course is structured as a workshop. You will receive feedback from your instructor and fellow writers in a roundtable setting. You should be prepared to offer your classmates responses to their work.
- Point of View in Fiction
- Basic Requirements of Narrative Scene
- Narrative Structure in Fiction and Non-Fiction
- Techniques of Lively Writing
- Metaphoric Language
- Poetic Forms
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.
|Discussion & Workshop Participation||40%|
|Reading/ Writing Exercises||30%|
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