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Introduction to Creative Writing (ENCW 2213)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course covers practice in writing both poetry and fiction, with emphasis on development of individual style and form, as well as an analysis of professional works and devices. In addition to working on creative self-expression, you will develop the abilities, craft and discipline needed to produce quality writing that allows you to reach an audience: training your voice, developing a personal style, experimenting with structure, enhancing your descriptive skills, improving your command of language, and establishing techniques for revising. You will study various types of poetry and fiction, and you will give and receive feedback online from peers and your instructor.

Topical Outline:
1. Creative writing process and practice
2. Creative writing activities, exercises, assignments
3. Creative writing techniques and elements
4. Creative writing forms
5. Reading & analyzing short works of creative writing
6. Creative writing’s function in the world and society

Learning Outcomes:
1. Write poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction (or at least two of these genres) with more skill, effectiveness, creativity, and social awareness
2. Engage in a writing process through a series of steps: generating, drafting, revising, etc.
3. Understand and use a range of creative writing techniques and elements (e.g. imagery, metaphor, rhythm, character development, plot development, point of view)
4. Understand and use a range of creative writing forms (e.g. sonnet, list poem, memoir, literary journalism, flash fiction, short story)
5. Work collaboratively with other writers and contribute to a creative community, particularly through full class workshops and/or small group peer review
6. Read and analyze works of creative writing with more critical literacy skill, understanding their craft as well as their historical and social contexts (e.g. race, gender, class)

Prerequisites:  ENGL 1110 or ENGA 1110

MnTC: Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts