Fall 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
On its own terms, writing is an art that has the capacity to transform the everyday into the sublime, and the sublime into the ethereal. However, writing is first and foremost a craft. This course will focus on the tools of this craft--plot, description, characters, structure, and so forth--through the analysis and production of short fiction and creative nonfiction stories. Through written critiques, in-class discussion, and workshops, students will learn to treat stories written by themselves, their peers, and those by published writers as texts worthy of thoughtful and considerate analysis. The goal for the creation and analysis of short texts is to improve student writing and critical thinking.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Students will be required to write and revise two original texts (one fiction and one creative nonfiction), write a one to two page critique of each one of their peers' stories, lead the discussion and write a critique of one assigned short story, and write a critique for one of their own stories. Active participation and consistent attendance are also requirements of this course.