Fundamentals of Creative Writing (LIT2394.01)

Nicolette Polek

The art of creative writing is also the art of being a witness to the world. In this class, we will learn what forms creative writing can take—focusing primarily on fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction—and discover new ways to see the raw materials of our lives.We will exercise our imaginations through generative experiments and keeping an observation notebook; identify aspects of craft through reading contemporary and classic texts across genres; and hone our instincts for what works well in a story, poem, and creative nonfiction essay through workshopping drafts in each genre.


Learning Outcomes:
1. To become better artists and gain insight into the technical and personal dimensions of making art;
2. To produce a portfolio of work across genres that students are proud of and can build on;
3. To develop a regular writing practice;
4. To give and receive written and verbal feedback based on modeling and instruction;
5. To become bolder, better, and more reverent readers.


Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
T 2:10PM - 5:50PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 25
Course Frequency: Every Term

Categories: 2000 , All courses , Four Credit , Fully In-Person , Literature
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