Creative Writing

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Creative Writing Workshop

What to expect: Designed to welcome writers with little or no experience as well as those interested in pursuing creative writing as a hobby or career, students will be introduced to creative writing elements/expectations and get the opportunity to write a number of formal and impromptu prose and poetry pieces. There are 5-6 prose assignments (handsdrawinghandsincluding a memoir, dialogue-heavy piece, an exploration of setting, and a focus on reader sympathy), and 6-7 poetry assignments (including an object poem, a childhood poem, a protest poem, and a photo poem). Students will end the semester with a “Monster” assignment that allows them to work in groups (simulating how creative teams at Disney/Pixar, DC/Marvel Comics, and network studios build and evolve character-arcs over time) to create a story involving a monster (either physical or symbolic). Monster groups will then present and discuss their stories during a Comic-Con-like forum during class. Students will use the textbooks and outside materials as examples, lessons, and inspiration of current trends and expectations in the creative writing world.

The fall 2017 creative writing courses were canceled due to low enrollment; if you are interested in registering, email me and I can see if anything can happen. It would normally be offered Tuesdays and Thursday 11:00-12:15 PM.

Spring 2018 Course:
ENG 1003-01 meets Tuesdays and Thursday 11:00-12:15 PM

Textbooks & Materials 

  • Making Shapely Fiction by Stern
  • The Poet’s Companion by Addonizio and Laux
  • a good dictionary and thesaurus (online is fine)
  • a willingness to improve what you think needs no improving and to ask “what will make my writing more successful”
  • a nice folder suitable for your Final Portfolio and a notebook for journal and impromptu assignments.

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Course Documents, Rubrics & Blackboard Link

ENG 1003 Course Syllabus & Calendar
Grading Rubrics
ENG 1003-01 Spring Blackboard Course Link