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201 INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING

Introduction to Creative Writing (21:200:201:BQ:05647)
Class Dates: 5/31 - 7/7
Class Times: MW, 5:30pm - 9:40pm
Instructor: Caris
Location: Conklin Hall - Room 238
Format: In-Person
Credits: 3
COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This is Introduction to Creative Writing, which is a course… that is an introduction… to creative writing. Speaks for itself, right? Ultimately, it is a class in using our creative energy, far and wide. Here, we’ll explore the two core types of creative writing: fiction and poetry, and we will dabble in creative nonfiction. Together, we’ll read and write these genres, divided evenly throughout the summer term, with special emphasis on fiction and poetry. One of the central focuses of this course is workshop. That is, we will read the creative minds of our peers—and share in the engaging process of talking together about writing process. Unlike some other kinds of “peer review” you may have done in the past, these workshops will often happen as a whole class, constructing generative conversation. This is a reading course and a writing course, but that doesn’t mean there is a monstrous amount of reading or writing (there isn’t, and the readings/writings are exciting, and you’ll get to pick some!). Writing is about discovery—and reading another writer’s creative mind is part of the process of that discovery. One of the ways we will tackle gathering variety in writing—and expanding our creativity!—is by generative writing prompts, like this one: consider yourself as a fictional character—write that character in the past, present, and future. In each class, we will work on writing from prompts I offer and use those to build more and more writing. Some authors we may read include: Carmen Maria Machado, James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Lucia Berlin—and anything else you bring to the table! 

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