Introductory course on techniques of writing poetry, short prose fiction, and creative nonfiction. Classes organized around discussion of student work; weekly writing assignments. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
Major Jackson ()
Dates: May 19 - June 27, 2014
The purpose of this course is to develop student creativity and fluency in identifying and writing three genres of literary works of art: poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction. The course is offered as a six-week online program. Students will learn how to write by carefully studying formal elements of each genre and by reading model examples in the course textbook and online sources. Moreover, students will compose original poems, short stories, and essays for peer review and instructor evaluation. Feedback by both peers and instructor are meant to assist the student in revising their creative works for inclusion in a final portfolio, which will be graded at the end of the course for its originality and how well it demonstrates an understanding of creative writing and literary techniques.
Student activity in the course will consist of the following: 1. Participate in weekly discussions 2. Complete assigned readings 3. Write and post original poems (2), short stories (2), and essays (2) 4. Critique peer writings (4) 5. Quizzes (3)
Components of Final Grade Discussion Participation: 20% Peer Critiques: 25% Weekly Writing Assignments: 25% Quizzes: 15% Final Portfolio: 15%
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