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ENGL 2600

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Creative Writing
Prerequisite(s) Exit or exemption from Learning Support English, reading, and ESL requirements
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
Focusing on the writing of original fiction and poetry, this course may also consider drama and creative nonfiction. Workshop sessions, contemporary performances, and representative readings in a variety of genres and publications are included.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to demonstrate the basic techniques of creative writing through the writing and workshop discussion of original fiction, poetry, and (if included) drama and creative nonfiction.

General Education Outcomes
This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications as follows:
Students develop writing skills by creating original fiction, poetry, and/or drama and creative nonfiction.
Students develop their reading comprehension skills by reading the texts, handout materials, and other students’ writing.
Students develop listening and speaking skills by reading their works aloud during workshop sessions and by listening to other students read their works aloud. They further develop their listening skills by attending poetry/fiction readings and dramatic performances.
The major goal of this course addresses the general education outcome relating to making defensible judgments about various artistic works: students evaluate literary works (their own and those of established authors) in order to learn the principles of writing creatively.
This course addresses the general education outcome relating to the application of the knowledge of personal, societal, and cultural development to living and working in a changing world: in order to write creatively and, if they so desire, to have their work considered for publication, students must demonstrate through their writing that they have learned how to appropriately evaluate their thoughts, emotions, and value systems in view of the world around them.

Course Content
Assignments and material covered in the course may incorporate the following:

Poetry: a study and application of structure, prosody, figurative language; situation and setting; speaker; attitude, tone, audience; theme, subject and meaning
Short Story: a study and application of plot and character development; setting, theme, style; point of view
Drama: a study and application of exposition; dialogue; writing for performance
Creative Nonfiction: a study and application of topic selection and focus; principles of timeliness, narrative, and reflection; plot, character and theme development; setting; and style
Journal: a formal or informal record of ideas, thoughts and impressions
Representative Readings: a study of selected works by established and contemporary authors for examples of techniques.
Workshops: peer and instructor analysis and discussion for constructive criticism
Publication: a study of procedures and resources
Individual Projects: development of a special area of student interest
Contemporary Performances: attendance at poetry/fiction readings and/or dramatic productions and a review of these functions

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
Course Grade

The course grade will be computed as follows:

80% Writing Assignments
10% Tests and Other Assignments
10% Final Exam

The individual instructor will determine the number and nature of writing assignments which students must complete; tests are given at the individual instructor’s discretion, and the final exam will be an activity of appropriate significance to the course.

Students will be evaluated on the quality of their writing assignments through instructor and student criticism, given in terms of the content, form and originality of the writing.

Departmental Assessment

One semester every five years a committee appointed by the Chair of the course committee will collect and evaluate a representative sample of writings from twenty percent of the students enrolled in ENGL 2600 that semester. The writing samples will be evaluated according to the criteria set forth in the Expected Educational Results.
The ENGL 2600 Assessment Committee will use the information from the departmental assessment to determine the success of the course, and if changes are necessary, will modify the course outline and syllabus with approval of the Creative Writing teaching faculty.
REVISION: March 2002

Last Revised: Aug. 08, 2011
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