Course Offerings

Our course rotation is currently under development.

Listed below are creative writing course descriptions from our catalog.   Course offering varies semester by semester.  We will update our information as soon as it is publicly made available. (Please always check with an advisor when signing up for creative writing courses).

WRIT 2131

Everyday Creative Writing: 3-0-3

Investigates the uses of creative writing in “everyday” forums such as music, advertisements, radio, television, and other forms of popular culture. Students will learn the elements common to all types of creative writing — word play, figurative expression, sound effects, concrete language, attention to detail — and apply these elements in their own creative writing exercises and projects.

WRIT 2133

Forms in Writing: 3-0-3

This course focuses on the writing of a specific form or genre. The form being studied and practiced varies, but may include creative, academic, professional and/or technical forms.  Prerequisite(s):  A minimum grade of “C” in ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1160.

WRIT 2230

Careers in Writing and Linguistics:  3-0-3

This course focuses on the broad employment opportunities available in the field of writing and linguistics, provides students with an understanding of their realistic options, and presents criteria for planning a focused job search in the field. This course situates an individual career search in a larger framework that addresses the economic, cultural, and social changes that have resulted in major shifts in the field.

WRIT/FILM 2531

Introduction to Screenwriting:  3-0-3

This course introduces students to creative process of scriptwriting for film and television through workshops, screenings, and examination of screenplays.  Plot, character development, writing for visual media, and other elements of screenwriting will be covered.  Students will develop a minimum of two short film scripts and one television dramatic or comedy script (spec script).  Prerequisite(s):  A minimum grade of “C” in ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1160; and FILM 2331 or ENGL 2434; or passage of Grammar Proficiency Exam or WRIT 3520.

WRIT 2533

Writers on Writing: 3-0-3

Examines the lived experience of working writers, their diverse composing practices and motivations for writing, and studies how writers write.  Through selected memoirs and other readings, students will investigate how writers use their writing to shape meaning and identity and how scholars study writing processes.

WRIT 2535

Writing and Place: 3-0-3

This course examines the relationship between language and location by analyzing print and visual rhetorics of social and natural environments.  Students explore such environments by focusing on travel writing, ecocomposition, or globalization and writing.

WRIT 3130/3130S

Creative Writing: 3-0-3

The writing of poetry and fiction through close analysis of poetic and narrative forms with the purpose of encouraging students to develop their creative writing abilities and their awareness of creative writing techniques and strategies.  Prerequisite(s):  A minimum grade of “C” in ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1160.

WRIT 3131

Teaching Writing: 3-0-3

An introduction to the theory and practice of teaching writing, including making the writing assignment, pre-writing, revising writing, and evaluating student writing. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 2111 or ENGL 2112.

WRIT 3140

Writing for Young Readers: 3-0-3

A workshop course that focuses on writing for children and young adults. Students read and discuss theoretical as well as creative texts, write in multiple forms, such as poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and multimedia, and produce a portfolio of work.  Prerequisite(s):  A minimum grade of “C” in ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1160.

WRIT/COMM/AMST 3433

Comic Book Writing in American Culture: 3-0-3

Investigates multiple dimensions of and models for comic book writing as it traces the medium’s history, development of new genres, and narrative conventions since its origins in the 1930s. Teaches the comic book’s use of iconography, cultural tropes, and cognitive closure in the construction of sequential narratives. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1160.

WRIT 4130/4130S

Creative Non-fiction: 3-0-3

Provides a workshop environment for writing a wide variety of expository material generally not covered in freshman English. Students are encouraged to try forms, topics, and voices which broaden their writing experience. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1160.

WRIT 4430

Poetry Writing: 3-0-3
A creative writing workshop in which students review and practice the fundamentals of poetry writing, such as use of imagery, figurative language, and sound effects; and also learn and practice more complex aspects of poetry writing, such as writing in specific forms and genres. Students read and discuss poetry by established poets, evaluate the work of their peers, and produce a portfolio of instructor-assigned and self-generated poems. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1160.

WRIT 4530

Fiction Writing: 3-0-3
A creative writing workshop in which students review and practice the fundamentals of fiction writing, such as the importance of beginnings, scene building, narrative drive, stance, character development, endings; and also learn and practice more complex aspects of literary fiction strategies in specific genres (the traditional short story, magical realism, flash fiction, novellas). Students read and discuss fiction by established writers, evaluate their work and the work of their peers, and produce a portfolio. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1160.

WRIT 5430/5430S

Advanced Poetry Writing: 3-0-3

A creative writing workshop which focuses primarily on the students’ own poems. The course deepens and expands the poetry writing skills and knowledge developed in lower-level creative writing workshops. Students will read and discuss poetry by established writers, evaluate their work and the work of their peers and produce a portfolio. Undergraduate Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in WRIT 2131, WRIT 2133, or WRIT 3130.  Graduate Prerequisite(s):  Admission to graduate standing

WRIT 5531

Advanced Creative NonFiction: 3-0-3

A creative writing workshop which focuses primarily on the students’ own creative nonfiction. The course deepens and expands the writing skills and knowledge learned in undergraduate expository writing courses and allows students to specialize in a specific genre, such as the memoir, the personal essay, travel writing, etc. Students read and discuss creative nonfiction by established writers, evaluate their work and the work of their peers, and produce a portfolio. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in WRIT 2131, WRIT 2133, or WRIT 3130.

WRIT 5540

Advanced Fiction Writing: 3-0-3

A creative writing workshop which focuses primarily on the students’ own fiction. The course deepens and expands the fiction writing skills and knowledge developed in lower-level creative writing workshops. Students will read and discuss fiction by established writers, evaluate their work and the work of their peers, and produce a portfolio. Undergraduate Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in WRIT 2131, WRIT 2133, or WRIT 3130.  Graduate Prerequisite(s):  Admission to graduate standing.

WRIT 5632

Writing Flash Prose: 3-0-3

A creative writing workshop in which students study and write short prose forms such as the short-short story, brief creative nonfiction, and prose poetry. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do. Undergraduate Prerequisite(s):  A minimum grade of “C” in WRIT 2131, WRIT 2133, or WRIT 3130.   Graduate Prerequisite(s):  Admission to graduate standing.

For majors and aspiring majors, we recommend following this four year plan.

Bachelor of Arts in Writing and Linguistics

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