Introduction to Creative Writing – WRIT 201

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Students will learn the literary components, complexity, and craft of creative writing.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

The student will study the literary components, complexity, and craft of creative writing, including how to successfully explicate selected poems, creative nonfiction essays, and short fiction. The student will also learn how to create original works of publishable quality. The course allows students to develop creative writing skills to impact the world for Christ.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify and discuss the major elements and characteristics of contemporary fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.
  2. Develop and implement strategies for reading and evaluation of published contemporary literary works.
  3. Author original writing in three genres: fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.
  4. Evaluate, edit, and revise original creative pieces of writing produced within the course.
  5. Organize well and work collaboratively with others.
  6. Identify trends and opportunities in publishing original writing with a Christian worldview.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (9)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread varies in length and specific requirements based on the assignment/s that each module/week.

Original Work of Short-Short Fiction: Drafts (2)

After completing the assigned readings, the student will write a 300–500-word Short Fiction piece based on the elements of fiction described in the reading. The student will create a draft and submit it to the assigned discussion board for peer feedback. Then, the student will rewrite his/her draft and submit a final draft which incorporates the feedback from his/her classmates.

Original Work of Creative Nonfiction: Drafts (2)

After completing the assigned readings, the student will write a 500–750-word Creative Nonfiction piece based on the elements of nonfiction described in the reading. The student will create a draft and submit it to the assigned discussion board for peer feedback. Then, the student will rewrite his/her draft and submit a final draft which incorporates the feedback from his/her classmates.

Original Works of Poetry: Drafts (2)

After completing the assigned readings, the student will write 2 original works of poetry based on the elements of poetry described in the reading. The student will create drafts and submit them to the assigned discussion board for peer feedback. Then, the student will rewrite his/her drafts and submit final drafts which incorporates the feedback from his/her classmates.

Peer Evaluation

The student will complete an evaluation concerning the contributions made during the course. The student will evaluate his/her own contribution to his/her classmates’ work, as well as the classmates’ contribution to the student’s own work.

Final Combined Writing Portfolio

The student will compile the creative writing works he/she completed during the course into a single, final version with a cover page, a table of contents, and the creative writing. The work will be submitted as a PDF file.