Course Abstract Details

ENGL-110, Introduction to Creative Writing

Credits: 3

Course Description

ENGL-110, Introduction to Creative Writing, is designed as an initiation into the problems and promises of writing narrative fiction and poems. The complexities of creative writing as a craft and an art are explored through analysis of representative works, study of the techniques appropriate for each type, and extensive practice in creating a variety of literary forms. Prerequisite: successful completion of or exemption from ENGL-101 or consent of the instructor. Students in ENGL-103, Advanced College Writing, may concurrently enroll in ENGL-110. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

COURSE OBJECTIVES    In ENGL-110, Introduction to Creative Writing, you will:  

1. explore the distinction between literary and commercial genres of poetry and fiction through close, critical reading of literary texts (GE2, H1) 

2. identify the characteristics of literary poetry and fiction (GE1, GE2, H1) 

3. create original images, similes, and metaphors, avoiding clichés and hackneyed language (GE1, GE2, GE3, H5, E5) 

4. write poems and stories that are driven by ambivalence and reflect universal experiences (GE1, GE2, GE5, H5, E5) 

5. experiment with literary forms and genres (GE1, GE2, H4) 

6. critique peer writing and offer constructive feedback, observing the rules of etiquette that govern a successful writing workshop experience (GE1, GE2, GE7, H4, H5) 

7. in essay form, analyze the structure and technique of a renowned work of literature. (GE1, GE2, GE7, E1, E5)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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