Fall 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will focus on writing short fiction, or creative non-fiction, and poetry. We will pay close attention to elements of style, composition, and audience in each medium and cover both traditional and contemporary forms. With this in mind, we will be reading various writers to "dissect" their works and explore ways to incorporate conceptual and technical elements from the literary canon. The semester will involve careful study of students' own work in light of what has been written by other authors, and the class will help students develop the necessary tools to write stronger in their chosen creative field. Students should finish the course with a tertiary overview of how language arts affect culture.
Writing Fiction: The Practical Guide from New York's Acclaimed Creative Writing School. ISBN-13: 978-1582343303.
A Poetry Handbook, Mary Oliver. ISBN-13: 978-0156724005.
The Oxford Book of American Poetry. ISBN-13: 978-0195162516.
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories. ISBN-13: 978-0199744398
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Each student will write one short story or creative non-fiction piece and a collection of poems (in both "traditional" and "non-traditional" forms). These will be collected into a final portfolio. In addition, students will help each other by participating in a series of critiques, two in each genre, that will be turned in as part of their final portfolio. Students will be expected to give feedback of weekly readings through class discussion and to present selected pieces to the class at the end of the term. Class attendance and constructive participation are required given the nature of the course. A secondary goal of the course is to expose students to the creative process in a collaborative learning environment, so conscientious participation is required.