Section 4: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1:00-1:50 PM
Professor: Michael Begnal
Introduction to the craft, terminology, and techniques of multiple genres, including fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Creative writing is more than just “making stuff up”—it requires making choices, taking risks, and rethinking those choices and risks through the process of revision. This course will introduce students to the basics of crafting creative work in three genres: poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Students are expected to write and revise at least four poems, one short story, and one non-fiction piece for their final grade. We will focus on language, image, structure, dialogue, and character, among other fundamentals. Because being a good writer requires that you also be a good reader, we will also devote considerable time to reading and discussing published work. Along with completing various short writing assignments, students will produce original writing in each of the three genres, as well as revisions. Our workshops give you an audience for your poems and stories. After hearing several responses, you can better gauge what kind of revisions to make. Be prepared to write as often as possible, whether in or out of class. Attendance, participation, and engagement are mandatory. No prior writing experience is necessary; all you need is a desire to write. This course counts as a Writing-Intensive Course.