LIT701

Unit Code: LIT701

Unit Title: Creative Writing

In this unit, students will experiment with four creative genres—poetry, drama, non-fiction and fiction — as a means of developing different imaginative approaches to experience.  The emphasis will be on generating a lot of raw materials, and advancing these prose toward completion.  Each lecture will be tied to a set of readings that will be discussed in class.  At the end of the course, students will learn how to look at literature from the point of view of a practitioner and apply writing techniques to a variety of rhetorical situations. This unit contains three parts:

  1. The Craft of Writing
    This unit will introduce students to specific genres of writing: poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction. Exercises in the technique of writing, such as rhythm, point of view, voice, narrative, pacing, will be combined with discussion of student writing and texts selected by the lecturer.

  2. The Writing Processes
    The focus of the unit is on generating and polishing new work.  We will write in each class, share new work with peers and help each other to develop early drafts with honest, critical feedback.

  3. Portfolio
    The portfolio must contain: poetry, drama, fiction, or nonfiction in short or long-form.  The minimum length for a prose is 2 typed pages and a set of poems