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.
At the end of this course, students 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.
- Receive and give feedback through the practice of “workshopping”.
It is important to note this course is structured as a workshop: students will receive feedback from their instructor and fellow writers in a roundtable setting. All students should be prepared to offer their classmates responses to their work.
You will be introduced to authorial choices such as:
- Point-of-view in fiction
- Basic requirements of narrative scene
- Narrative structure in fiction and nonfiction
- Techniques of lively writing
- Metaphoric language
- Poetic forms
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.
Additional RequirementsThere is no prerequisite for this course, it is available to everyone. You may take this as a single course or you may continue on to complete the Certificate in Creative Writing. This is one of two required courses in the certificate.
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College: College of Arts
Department: School of English and Theatre Studies, Open Learning and Educational Support
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Creative Writing Certificate : Required Courses