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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies 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:

Introduction to the writing of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. 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 Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate the crafts of poetry, short fiction, and literary essay writing.
  2. Demonstrate the process of creative writing, including drafting, workshop, and revision.
  3. Analyze the work of peer and professional writers, paying special attention to elements of craft and genres.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • ENGL 207 combines traditional craft-based instruction with creative writing workshopping.
  • Students should write and workshop a poem, a short story, and a work of creative nonfiction.
  • Other non-workshopped creative writing exercises in these genres should be assigned.
  • Students should be instructed in, and use, the terminology of the crafts of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction writing.
  • Students should read and analyze multiple works by professional writers in all three genres.
  • Students should be introduced to the conventions and expectations of creative writing workshops by participating in three workshop sessions.
  • Students should write responses to workshop pieces in preparation for workshop and should participate actively in the workshop process. Instructors should collect written workshop responses over the course of the semester and assign a grade to them. In addition, instructors may be asked to collect data on workshop responses for assessment purposes.
  • Traditional literary and craft instruction in the course should include the following topics:
  • Significant detail and imagery
  • Simile and metaphor
  • Direct and indirect characterization, including but not limited to dialogue and physical 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; poetic persona
  • Setting/place
  • Triggers, time and pacing
  • Plotting a story or an essay
  • Theme and tropes
  • Revision and development
  • The process of publishing in magazines and journals
  • After the midpoint of the semester, students should write a short paper requiring them to analyze a piece of professional creative writing (such as a poem, short story, or essay) in regard to the craft and genre elements employed. More such assignments may be required at other points during the term, if the instructor so desires. Data from this literary analysis may be collected for assessment purposes.
  • Students should write a total of 25-35 pages of original creative writing in the course. Some of this writing should be revised for the final portfolio.
  • The culminating assignment in the course is the production of a final portfolio of revised work in at least two of the three genres. This portfolio should include a written reflection on the revisions that the student has made in response to peer and instructor feedback. Data from this assignment may be collected for assessment purposes.
  • Students should present their work to the class in a manner (such as an oral presentation) appropriate to the venue in which the course is taught.
  • Instructors may be asked to collect information from the assignments specified in the Major Topics/Skills section. This information will be provided to the English program

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Christina Ingoglia Date: April 15, 2015
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 learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. 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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