Study and practice of the basic techniques of effective imaginative creative writing: concrete language, conflict, characterization, point of view, narrative, lyricism, pace, and setting. Course focuses on multiple genres of creative writing. Employs workshop format to develop reading and feedback skills. Skills developed include close reading, close observation, craft in above-described techniques, revision, discipline and practice, giving and receiving feedback, developing access to imaginative powers. Text is supplemented with additional examples of contemporary creative writing. Group 2 course.
Required Prerequisites ENG 112
or permission of instructor
Recommended Prerequisites or Skills Competencies
Students should have language skills at least equivalent to ENG 112
General Education Outcomes supported by this course
Communications - Direct, Critical Thinking - Direct
Other college designations supported by this course
Infused: Writing Intensive
Course Learning Outcomes Knowledge:
- Identify basic prose techniques: concrete language, conflict, characterization, point of view, narrative arc, pace, tone, and setting.
- Describe pieces of writing using the language of basic prose techniques.
- Assess the impact of basic prose techniques.
- Write imaginative prose demonstrating use of basic prose techniques.
- Apply revision techniques to their work and the work of others.
- Demonstrate informed reading of professional examples.
- Incorporate knowledge of prose techniques into their reading and discussion of creative prose.
- Incorporate prose techniques into their writing.
- Critique and uncover patterns creative work.
Caring - Civic Learning:
- Interact productively in giving and receiving constructive feedback.
- Achieve a deeper understanding of human emotion, desire, belief, and motivation as expressed via basic prose techniques.
- See the world from other points of view.
- Come to see themselves as actors guided by a set of beliefs.
Learning How to Learn:
- Write ethically.
- Consider alternative values presented in texts and life.
- Recognize alternative meanings presented in texts and life.
- View the world vis-a-vis potential for story and creative engagement.
- Use the tools of basic prose techniques to recognize how a piece of writing has been constructed.
- Imagine new possibilities in their own and in the creative work of others.
- Experience how creative processes engage with deeply held values and beliefs.
- Recognize the difference between working in creative community and working in solitude and how these conditions impact their creative process.