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 211                                                        3 credits
Creative Writing: Play-Writing

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 105 and any first year literature course numbered 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 numbered 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): Any two 100-level English courses numbered ENGL 105 or higher

This creative writing workshop course offers a comprehensive introduction to the crafting of Creative Non-fiction. Bridging composition, creative writing, and literature, this "Fourth Genre" embraces such forms as travel writing, memoir, nature writing, personal essays, aesthetics, and cultural criticism. Through the study of models drawn from outstanding writers in the field, our approach will be to examine the various building blocks of non-fiction prose in considering how and why these techniques work.

 

ENGL 302                                                           4 credits
Creative Writing: Advanced Short Fiction

Prerequisite(s): Two 200-level English courses to include one of the following:  ENGL 208, 211, 212, 213, or 215.

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): Two 200-level English courses to include one of the following:  ENGL 208, 211, 212, 213, or 215.

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 311                                                        4 credits
Creative Writing: Novel

Prerequisite(s): Two 200-level English courses to include one of the following:  ENGL 208, 211, 212, 213, or 215.

This course further explores fiction writing, specifically the creative elements and techniques necessary to the popular genre of the novel. Excerpts of novels by skilled authors be analyzed as models. Authors working in this genre will be invited to speak in the class. Students in this writing-intensive course will experiment with novel writing elements to produce their own writing samples, which will then be critiqued by the instructor and classmates in the workshop.

 

ENGL 313                                                        4 credits
Creative Writing: Advanced Poetry

Prerequisite(s): Two 200-level English courses to include one of the following:  ENGL 208, 211, 212, 213, or 215.

This course explores poetry at an advanced level. Students will produce poetry which will be workshopped and redrafted. Students will study examples of the genre by professional authors. By the end of the term, students will have produced a substantial portfolio.

 

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

Prerequisite(s): Two 200-level English courses to include one of the following:  ENGL 208, 211, 212, 213, or 215.

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 317                                                        4 credits
Creative Writing: Topics in Contemporary and Experimental Poetics

Prerequisite(s): Two 200-level English courses to include one of the following:  ENGL 208, 211, 212, 213, or 215.

Contemporary and experimental poetics engages with the question of how writers think, in addition to how experimental forms in modern, avant-garde, and contemporary writing can inspire students to understand their own creative potential.

 

ENGL 373/JRNL 373                                        4 credits
Literary Journalism

Prerequisite(s): Two 200-level English courses (ENGL 215 recommended), or any two of the following: 200-level English course (ENGL 215 recommended), CMNS 251, JRNL/CMNS 300.

This advanced writing-intensive course introduces the genre of literary journalism that arises from interdisciplinary, first-person reportage methods since the 1960s. Student projects based on models by distinguished practitioners will be critiqued in workshop format by classmates and the instructor. Its engaged, longer-form narrative approach provides an ideal learning bridge to book, journal, script, and online media applications. Note: This course is also offered as JRNL 373. Students may take only one of these for credit.

 

ENGL 377                                                        4 credits
Creative Writing: Film Adaptations of English Literature

Prerequisite(s): Two 200-level English courses to include one of the following:  ENGL 208, 211, 212, 213, or 215. FILM 110 or 120 recommended.

This course focuses on practices and theories of film adaptation with the goal that each student will produce several adaptations of shorter and longer scenes from written English fiction. Major emphasis is given to the students' own writing and their ability to apply the adaptation theory to the screenwriting process. Students will analyze selected films as interpretations of their literary sources and discuss techniques for translating literature into film. Emphasis will be on practical application of theoretical concepts. Through discussions, peer review, and critique, students will refine their creative writing skills and develop a critical approach to their own writing.

 

ENGL 378                                                        4 credits
Creative Writing: Advanced Screenwriting

Prerequisite(s): Two 200-level English courses to include one of the following:  ENGL 208, 211, 212, 213, or 215. FILM 110 or 120 recommended.

This course explores screenwriting at an advanced level. Designed to expand on students' basic screenwriting skills, the course focuses on more complex strategies for developing original characters, dialogue, conflict, and plot structures. It is a writing intensive course. Students will produce samples of screenwriting which will then be workshopped and redrafted. Examples of the genre by professional screenwriters will be analyzed and studied as models. By the end of the term, students will have written one original 15-25 page screenplay as well as one team-written screenplay.

 

ENGL 381                                                        4 credits
Creative Writing: Advanced Playwriting

Prerequisite(s): Two 200-level English courses to include one of the following:  ENGL 208, 211, 212, 213, or 215. 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 
Seminar in Creative Writing

Prerequisite(s): Any two 300-level English courses to include one of the following: ENGL 302, 303, 311, 313, 315, 317, 377, 378, or 381

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, genre, 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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