For many hundreds of years, literature has been one of the most important human art forms. It allows us to give voice to our emotions, create imaginary worlds, express ideas, and escape the confines of material reality. Through creative writing, we can come to understand ourselves and our world a little bit better. This course provides students with a solid grounding in the writing process, from finding inspiration to building a basic story to using complicated literary techniques and creating strange hybrid forms of poetic prose and prose poetry. By the end of this course, students will learn how to discover their creative thoughts and turn those ideas into fully realized pieces of creative writing.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of creating characters, setting, and developing theme by evaluating one or more literary works and using strategies of point of view, reasoning, and language to create original literature.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to create dialogue and point of view by analyzing the purpose of dialogue, examining examples of dialogue and point of view, creating dialogue, and using point of view to develop characterization, advance plot and develop theme in an original story or screenplay.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of creative writing by analyzing author’s craft including mood, theme, and voice, distinguishing among genres, understanding word choice, engaging in free writing, and brainstorming.
Students will demonstrate the ability to write poetry by analyzing how poetry presents a perspective on a subject, learning and using the key strategies of poetic structure, explaining and using literary devices, and understanding and using emphasis of detail.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of revision and purpose by explaining the difference between revision and critique, listing approaches to revision, explaining professional expectations for writing-related careers, demonstrating the purpose and process of drafting and editing.
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