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Administrative Unit: Humanities Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENGL 207
Course Title: Introduction to Creative Writing -- Multigenre
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Writing of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry, including class criticism of student and professional work.  Prerequisite: ENGL 112.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

ENGL 112.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall and Spring.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

The instructor must use a book about the process of creative writing that includes contemporary readings across the genres.  The instructor is encouraged to supplement readings with more contemporary selections of poetry and prose.

Imaginative Writing: The Element of Craft (3rd Ed.)
By Burroway, Janet
Three Genres: The Writing of Literary Prose, Poems, and Plays (9th Ed.)
By Stephen Minot with Diane Thiel
Creative Writing: Four Genres in Brief
By Starkey, David
Course Objectives
  • To practice the craft of poetry, story and literary essay writing, through a process that includes workshop, revision and drafting.
  • To analyze the work of professional writers, paying special attention to elements of craft.
Measurable Learning
  • Use the terminology of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry.
  • Assess readings through the discussion and study of several dozen works by professional writers.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the process and value of writing, critiquing not only his/her work but the work of others.
  • Assess other students' writing by workshopping at least two pieces per student.
  • Demonstrate thorough revision through a drafting process that ends with turning in a final portfolio.
  • Become familiar with contemporary literary publications.
  • Write a critical essay in the form of a "defense" of the student's writing.
  • Learn about the process of publishing in magazines and journals.
  • Complete coursework with a final examination, usually an oral presentation.
Topical Outline:
  • Through composition of 40-50 pages, all of the following will be engaged in the student's coursework and writing:
  • Significant detail and imagery - showing versus telling
  • Simile and metaphor
  • Direct and indirect characterization, including but not limited to dialogue and appearance
  • Point of view
  • Formal choices in poetry: rhythm and meter;
  • alliteration,consonance and assonance; internal and end-line rhyme; repetition and repetend; the line; persona
  • Place
  • Triggers, time and pacing
  • Plotting a story or an essay
  • Theme and tropes
  • Revision
Culminating Experience Statement:

Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Christina Ingoglia Date: May 8, 2014
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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