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Creative Writing:

The Fine Print

Course Goals

  • Read excerpts from novels, short stories, poetry, and non-fiction for enjoyment and to improve critical reading skillfulness and offer modeling opportunities

  • Hone the expression of ideas to demonstrate clarity, coherence, and perceptiveness

  • Learn to write several types of creative pieces

  • Receive incremental writing instruction with detailed, individual feedback

  • Engage in active text-based discussions each week—both guided and student-led—on topics relating to the week's reading and writing

  • Offer and receive helpful and positive peer feedback on writing forums

  • Participate in, contribute to, and enjoy live collaboration and interaction with the class and the instructor

Course Resources

Instructor-provided reading from various authors, including:​

  • Alexander Afanasyev

  • Alexander the Great

  • Eric Carle

  • Lewis Carroll

  • Anton Chekhov

  • Charles Dickens

  • Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Thomas Hardy

  • Seamus Heaney

  • Langston Hughes

  • Victor Hugo

  • James Hurst

  • Stephen King

  • Daphne du Maurier

  • Mary Pope Osborne

  • Dorothy Parker

  • Edgar Allen Poe

  • The Pearl Poet

  • Anna Sewell

  • Paul Simon

  • Charles Schultz

  • Dr. Seuss

  • William Shakespeare

  • John Steinbeck

  • Jonathan Swift

  • Mark Twain

  • Jane Yolen

Technical Resources

  • Required:

    • A reliable internet connection

    • A computer with a web-cam

    • A working microphone

  • Recommended:

    • Earbuds or a headset with a microphone (a built-in computer microphone will work if needed)