Creative Writing – eng340 (3 credits)

This course introduces students to creative writing in various genres. The purpose of this course is to develop and expand students’ imaginative writing processes and to develop and expand their understanding of the human experience through creative writing. This would include identifying elements of writing and developing skills and techniques for creative writing in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction writings.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Creative Writing Techniques: The Fusion of Form

  • Review elements that make up creative writing.
  • Analyze how revision defines the final form.
  • Distinguish creative writing styles across genres.
  • Analyze how form and function change meaning.

Creative Writing Techniques: Writing Poetry

  • Discuss the structure of poetry.
  • Examine the purpose of poetry.
  • Analyze how figurative language enhances imagination.
  • Compare diction and word selection in interpreting and writing poetry.
  • Discuss how rhythm creates the emotional tone of poetry.

Creative Writing Fundamentals: The Writing Process

  • Examine points of inspiration in the creative process.
  • Identify the appropriate voice, tone, and style appropriate to genre.
  • Illustrate the use of images and symbols to promote creativity in writing.
  • Describe the necessity of identifying the perspective and point of view.

Creative Writing Techniques: Structuring Fiction

  • Distinguish how dialogue creates character.
  • Examine the purpose of fiction.
  • Discuss the types of fiction.
  • Describe how setting is the necessary backdrop for storytelling.
  • Examine the elements of plot and how it creates attention.
  • Differentiate the elements of voice and personality to develop character.

Creative Writing Techniques: Nonfiction

  • Discuss the types of nonfiction.
  • Understand the importance of gathering and researching information in nonfiction.
  • Examine the purpose of nonfiction.
  • Distinguish the writing styles of nonfiction.
  • Analyze creativity in writing nonfiction.

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