Section 1: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-4:45 PM
Professor: Katy Didden
This class is designed specifically for MA students in English who are beginning the Creative Writing program at Ball State, but is open to any graduate student interested in reading and writing across the genres. We will read and analyze creative and critical works of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and screenwriting to identify craft techniques, and build a foundation of useful terminology. Students will gain some historical knowledge of each genre, and be familiar with contemporary authors writing in each form. Students will also learn basic skills for research in creative writing, and know how to access key resources for further study. As a class, we will discuss what each genre makes possible, and we will also consider the limitations of genre itself by studying hybrid works and other innovative forms. While students will read and analyze both creative and critical texts, and practice leading class discussion, this course also has a workshop component. Students will apply the craft methods we discuss to create their own works of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or screenwriting. The workshop format will encourage an open discussion about techniques that extend across genres, from the use of imagery and tone, to word choice, form, and structure. We will devote some time at the end of this course to professionalization in the field of creative writing.