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Creative Writing

Course No. LLC 393  Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Writing + Inquiry I: Basic Composition + Contemporary Ideas | Writing + Inquiry I: Basic Composition + Contemporary Ideas | Writing + Inquiry II: Research + Intellectual Traditions | Writing + Inquiry II: Research + Intellectual Traditions

This course will give students the opportunity to explore the three essential genres of creative writing in a practicum setting. Study and practice will center on basic analytic methods for reading and basic inventive methods for writing short fiction, poetry, and dramatic narratives. Course assignments will include exercises in writing the short story, including the short graphic narrative; various poetic forms such as the sonnet, the villanelle, and the free verse poem; and variants of the short dramatic narrative such as the screen treatment, the story board, and the short film script. Creative Writing can be taken to satisfy either required junior/senior writing-intensive credit or open elective liberal arts credit. It will allow students who are planning visual arts careers involving writing (i.e., illustration, film, and video) to develop the basic critical and writing performance skills necessary for their professional advancement. Students who may be considering the Creative Writing Concentration program are strongly urged to take this course during their Sophomore year. Fulfills Humanities/Cultural Studies distribution requirement. Creative Writing Concentration course. Prerequisites: LLC 101 and LLC 102.

Creative Writing

Course No. LLC 215W  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Scott Lax
Prerequisite(s) Writing + Inquiry I: Basic Composition + Contemporary Ideas | Writing + Inquiry I: Basic Composition + Contemporary Ideas | Writing + Inquiry II: Research + Intellectual Traditions | Writing + Inquiry II: Research + Intellectual Traditions

Courses with the Creative Writing designation will cover a specific kind, or genre, of creative writing. Examples might include travel writing, interactive fiction, writing Young Adult (YA) fiction, memoir, nature writing, novel writing, and emerging and experimental forms. The topic covered in specific courses designated as such will be listed when students register. At the beginning of the course, students will read published examples in the area, read craft essays to understand vocabulary and technique, and complete writing exercises to learn and practice. After the first, reading-intensive phase of the semester, the class will workshop student writing. “Workshop” means that everyone in the class will read drafts by all students, provide each writer with written feedback, and discuss the work thoroughly in class. The main goal of the class is for all students to write their own original work. Other assignments include reading responses, writing exercises, and feedback to peers. Prerequisites: LLC 101, LLC 102.

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