Field of Study
Creative Writing offers a broad survey of fictional and nonfictional forms of writing, writing techniques and skills, and practice with the various forms, including original writings, peer review, and revision.
Each content module focuses on a different form of writing. Modules 1 and 2 cover autobiographical writing, including reading examples and practice, followed by a look at what makes writing more vibrant—imagery, metaphor, dialogue, and description—while creating original work and learning about peer review and revising. Modules 3 and 4 focus specifically on poetry and drama. Fiction writing is covered in Module 5, followed by essay/nonfiction creative writing in Module 6 and digital storytelling in Module 7. Throughout the course students keep journals and participate in discussions, writers’ groups, and peer review. Students produce a portfolio of work, which includes reflections on the writing process, a biography, and revised student work.
Students are expected to fully participate in all discussions and peer reviews, as well as complete assigned work on time. Students are also required to make designated phone calls as well as attend live sessions online to discuss various projects and writing assignments prior to writing.
Creative writing is a bit different from other courses in that students create their own work from ideas and other sources of inspiration. This is not always easy. It’s important to be in touch with the teacher and to keep on pace, especially if feeling “blocked.” There is always a way!
Course Texts and Materials
- Any required reading is provided within the course website.