ENGL 23A - Introduction to Creative Nonfiction This course is an introduction to creative nonfiction, which includes memoir writing, literary nonfiction, and the personal essay. Students will study the techniques of creative nonfiction through the examination of diverse authors and will work towards transforming real-life events and experiences into finished narratives using the same techniques as fiction, such as character development, dialogue, setting, and conflict. Students will also learn the development of the creative process, including writing exercises, peer workshop, and revision.
ENGL 24A - Creative Writing: Introduction to Poetry This course is an introduction to the creative process of writing poetry. Students will write their own poems, both traditional and contemporary, using common poetic elements, conventions, and techniques. This course also develops students’ peer editing skills introducing them to the workshop model and revision process.
ENGL 24B - Creative Writing: A Workshop in Poetry This course develops intermediate skills in the craft of poetry writing through instruction and workshop. Students will discuss student writing and texts written by established poets and continue to apply complex poetic types, elements, and techniques to their own work. Additionally, students will assess and critique their own and other students’ original poems, furthering the development of their critical sense in writing and revising their own poems.
ENGL 25A - Creative Writing: Introduction to the Craft of Fiction This course is an introductory level creative writing course focusing on writing the short story. In addition to outlining and composing well-crafted stories, students will study the techniques of plot, characterization, point of view, conflict, and setting. Students will also learn about peer editing and the workshop model for revising stories.
ENGL 25B - Creative Writing: A Workshop in Fiction and Nonfiction This course develops intermediate skills in the craft of fiction and nonfiction writing through instruction and workshop. Students discuss and apply complex strategies for establishing character, setting, conflict, dialogue, and the advancement of theme. In addition, students practice literary nonfiction storytelling techniques such as creating narrative tension through atmosphere, symbolism, and voice. Students then assess and critique their own and other students’ original stories and personal narratives, furthering the development of their critical sense in writing and revising their own literary works.
ENGL 78 - Creative Writing: Screenwriting In this course, students learn the skills necessary to create original feature film screenplays. Themes, character, plot, and dialogue are discussed and developed by means of writing exercises. Script format and story structure are analyzed by reading feature film scripts and discussing produced film stories.
ENGL 98 - College Literary Magazine Editing and Publishing This course provides students with experience in literary journal publishing. Students will evaluate literary magazines, create submission guidelines, advertise for and collect submissions, learn about the literary journal printing process, proofread and edit submissions, and assist in designing and composing layouts. In addition, students will organize a public literary reading.