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Course Description

Reading is not only an act of leisure but a vital part of a writer’s job, and most writers will admit, in part, that they’ve learned how to write through reading.

In the Creative Writing through Reading course, you will be encouraged to think about reading as a creative act in which you can collaborate with an author to create an imagined world and consider the reading of creative work as an act that builds empathy.

By reading examples of literary work through the lens of the writing practice, you will learn to consider questions of authorial choice, including implications of choices related to point of view, structure and voice. You will be encouraged to consider creative writing as an art of authorial choice and selection, and to expand your own range of choice.

This course concentrates on three genres: fiction (short story, novel excerpts), creative non-fiction (memoir, lyric essay) and poetry. Techniques for getting started as a writer, generating material, finding a voice, and transforming life experience into writing will also be covered.

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Recognize 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 to your writing
  • Demonstrate the use of creative writing styles and techniques in your writing
  • Give and receive effective writing feedback

Course Topics

  • Point of View in Fiction
  • Basic Requirements of Narrative Scene
  • Dialogue
  • Narrative Structure in Fiction and Non-Fiction
  • Techniques of Lively Writing
  • Metaphoric Language
  • Poetic Forms

Additional Requirements

This course is intended for adult learners. 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 three required courses for the certificate.


Assessment Items Weight
Discussion & Workshop Participation 30%
Reading Journal (2 x 15%) 30%
Final Portfolio 40%
Total 100%

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
Creative Writing through Reading
Remote Instruction
6:30PM to 9:00PM
February 02, 2021 to March 30, 2021
Contact Hours
  • Virtual
Delivery Options
Remote Instruction  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition Fee $549.00
Potential Discount(s)
Section Notes

This course will be delivered remotely on Tuesday evenings from February 2, 2021, to March 30, 2021, from 6:30 pm to 9 pm EST using CourseLink, your course website, and Zoom for live video conferencing. You will be required to participate in the live conferencing sessions each Tuesday evening.

You will have access to CourseLink on Tuesday, January 26, 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, January 26, 2021, at 6:30 pm EST. 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 or a Microphone and Speaker (Built-in, wireless or USB plug-in)

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Students are responsible for having the required course textbooks. The course textbook is currently available in paperback and ePUB editions.

Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them by Francine Prose Harper Collins Publishers ISBN 9780060777050 Harper Perennial
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