Fall 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Menzies, Don
Discipline and Number
CRWT 2301 Section 001
MWF Time 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Course Title
Introductory Creative Writing

Description of Course:

CRWT 2301 is an introduction to creative writing that will investigate and instruct students in the process of creating original prose, poetry, and possibly some form of dramatic work.

Students will engage in a rigorous study of creative writing both from the perspective of the writer as craftsman with a heavy emphasis on the conventions, tools, elements, and processes of writing and from the perspective of the critical reader, deconstructing and imitating textual
models of other writers to gain insight into the development of their own writing. The objective of this course is not just to increase one’s competence as a writer, but to also, as D.W. Fenza said, explore the relationship “between aesthetics and scholarship, between practice and theory, and between art and criticism.”

A large part of this course will be workshop-centered. Students should be prepared to photocopy and distribute copies of their work in strict adherence to preset submission deadlines and to actively engage in the thorough reading and critique of the work of other students.

Required Texts:

Laplante, Alice. Method and Madness: The Making of a Story.
ISBN# 978-0-393-92817-4

Browne, Renni and Dave King. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers.

Oliver, Mary. A Poetry Handbook: A Prose Guide to Understanding and Writing Poetry.
ISBN# 0-15-672400-6

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:


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