Creative Writing

 Creative Writing Courses

ENGL 104                                                       3 credits
Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction, Poetry and Drama
Prerequisite(s): None
This course will introduce students to the fundamental techniques of creative writing, in the three basic genres of fiction, poetry, and drama. Students will learn to use these techniques in their own writing, enhancing both their academic and non-academic work.

 

 

ENGL 165 / VA 165                                        3 credits
Word and Image

Prerequisite(s): None
This course introduces students to an integrated, inter-dependent form of writing and video. Students will explore and practice the techniques of both means of expression – narrative and non-narrative writing styles, narrative and non-narrative video styles – progressing to the process of “layering”, i.e. what kind of textual elements work with images and what kind of visual elements work with text. Students will also explore the traditional process of bringing words to the screen by first creating the script for production as well as the nontraditional process of using image or text as a “springboard” for discovering the ultimate form for the work.

Slideshow - Sample of Student Works 

 

ENGL 211                                                        3 credits
Creative Writing: Play-Writing

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 105 and any first year literature course, ENGL 108 or higher
This course is an introduction to the creative process and techniques of play-writing. It is a writing intensive course. Works by established playwrights are studied as models. Students produce their own dramatic writing which is then critiqued by the instructor and classmates in classroom discussion.

 

ENGL 212                                                        3 credits
Creative Writing: Fiction
 

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 105 and any first year literature course, ENGL 108 or higher
This course is an introduction to the creative process and techniques of short fiction writing. It is a writing intensive course. Works by established writers are studied as models. Students produce their own writing which is then critiqued by the instructor and classmates in classroom discussion.

 

ENGL 213                                                        3 credits
Creative Writing: Poetry

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 105 and any first-year literature course, ENGL 108 or higher
This course is an introduction to the creative process and techniques of poetry writing. It is a writing intensive course. Works by established writers are studied as models. Students produce their own writing which is then critiqued by the instructor and classmates in classroom. discussion.

 

ENGL 215                                                        3 credits
Creative Writing: Creative Non-fiction

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 105 and any first-year literature course 108 or higher
Creative Non-fiction is a relatively new genre that is gaining critical attention. The course explores this genre's range and potential. Working with the personal essay as transformed by fictional elements and poetic technique, students will discover Creative Non-fiction's special capacity to explore and illuminate their worlds -- through their own travel, memoir and biographical writings, and by studying the works of skilled practitioners.

 

ENGL 302                                                           4 credits
Creative Writing: Advanced Short Fiction

Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level English course or permission of the instructor. One of ENGL 211, 212, 213, or 215 recommended.
This course explores short fiction at an advanced level. Students will produce short fiction which will then be workshopped and redrafted. Examples of the genre by professional authors will be modeled. By the end of the term, students will have produced a substantial portfolio.
 

ENGL 303                                                        4 credits
Creative Writing: Writing Historical Fiction

Prerequisite(s): Any two 200-level English courses. One of ENGL 211, 212, 213, or 215 recommended.
Historical Fiction is a genre combining traditional fiction elements with research and historical content. This course is an introduction to the creative elements and techniques associated with Historical Fiction writing. Works by skilled writers are analyzed and studied as models. As a writing-intensive course, students will experiment with the elements of Historical Fiction to produce their own writing samples, which are then critiqued by the instructor and classmates in the
workshop.

 

ENGL 315                                                        4 credits
Creative Writing: Writing Children's Literature

Prerequisite(s): Any two 200-level English courses. One of ENGL 211, 212, 213, or 215 recommended.
A writing/seminar course detailing the elements specific to the genre of Children’s Literature. Samples of popular Children’s Literature will be used as models. As a writing-intensive course, students will learn techniques to produce successful children's literature in several genres. Writing produced in the class will be
critiqued in a workshop setting. Special emphasis will be placed on learning the skill of constructive critical analysis of new writing.

 

ENGL 381                                                        4 credits
Creative Writing: Advanced Playwriting

Prerequisite(s): Any two 200-level English courses. ENGL 211 recommended.
This is a writing-intensive course. Students create and revise writing for the stage as well as constructively critique other students' writing. Classical and contemporary models are studied.

 

English 405                                                      4 credits  *NEW*
Seminar in Creative Writing

This course allows students to work on individual, advanced creative writing projects. Students engage in genre-based critical discourse, give a presentation on the work of a contemporary author, as well as produce a completed manuscript. Revision is an essential component with students significantly redrafting their work to produce the final project by the end of the course. 

 

ENGL 490                                                      4 credits
Directed Studies in English

Prerequisite(s): Permission to enter requires 45 credits in English and written contract between student and instructor, signed by student, instructor and department head.
This independant study course is designed for upper-level students who wish to pursue in-depth study of an author, gnere, period, or topic not otherwise offered.

Note: some students use this option to complete manuscripts they began while enrolled in an upper level creative writing course. 

 

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