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Administrative Unit: Humanities Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENGL 408
Course Title: Advanced Creative Writing
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

An advanced multigenre workshop that focuses on developing and fine-tuning a student's portfolio of creative writing and allows a student to put together a substantial collection of work worthy for publication or admittance into an MFA program. Prerequisites: ENGL 313, ENGL 314, and ENGL 315.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

ENGL 313, 314 and 315

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Spring.

Course Objectives

• To analyze, discuss and practice revising and compiling collections  of either fiction or poetry or creative non-fiction.

Measurable Learning

• Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary selections published in their genre. • Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate critique and revision of selections from student manuscripts in the specified genre. • Recognize and use the terminology of writing and criticism in critiquing workshop submissions. • Demonstrate significant revision of works in progress. *Assess professional and graduate-level capabilities of self and other students' writing.

Topical Outline:
  • Through composition of 40-50 pages of creative writing in prose or 15-25 in poetry, students will demonstrate a mastery of the following:
  • Craft considerations in each of the three literary genres
  • The book review (in the student's "chosen" genre)
  • The personal statement which consi9ders why they write and assesses the student's own work
  • Magazine submission policies and/or the application requirements of a graduate program
  • Revision with an emphasis on rewriting
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: October 25, 2011
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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