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CW 130 - Introduction to the Craft of Creative Writing

Fall 2022
Description 

This course in creative writing focuses on three genres: the personal essay, the short story, and the one-act play. The course emphasizes an introduction to craft--how these types of writing are generated, what their elements are, and how the finished pieces work--which students will explore through careful study of models by published writers and through writing and revising their own short pieces.

Units and Format 
9 hours of outside work hours per week, and 3 hours of instructor presentation of course materials per week.
Grading Option 
Course is not repeatable for credit.

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Class Number: 30301
Meeting time @ place:
TUTH 3:30pm - 5:00pm @ Social Science 118
Section Theme: Introduction to the Craft of Creative Writing
Instructor: Kaya Oakes
Section Description:

This course is co-taught by Kaya Oakes, Mike Larkin and Belinda Kremer.

This four-unit course in creative writing focuses on three genres: the personal essay, the short story, and poetry. The course emphasizes an introduction to craft—how these types of writing are generated, what their elements are, and how the finished pieces work—which you will explore through careful study of models by published writers and through writing and revising your own original pieces.

We will read and study some excellent examples of each of these three genres, and you’ll be trying your hand at writing in each, first by completing short exercises designed to get you familiar with some of the basic elements, and then by writing drafts of longer, finished pieces, building towards a final portfolio of revised writing you will turn in at the end of the semester. We’ve also designed the course truly to be an introductory one:  we don’t assume you’ve done any creative writing or taken any courses in creative writing prior to this semester.

 

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