creative writing

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 Details​

  • All class readings will be provided by the instructor and will be available in the password-protected online classroom.

  • There is no pre-class assignment.

  • The class will be capped at 10-12 students.

  • Live meetings every other Friday. See the FAQ for dates/times/breaks.

  • We request and encourage students to participate live with their webcams on. Live participation is not required. All meetings will be recorded.

Course Resources

Instructor-provided reading from various authors, including:

  • Alexander Afanasyev

  • Alexander the Great

  • Lewis Carroll

  • Anton Chekhov

  • Charles Dickens

  • Thomas Hardy

  • Seamus Heaney

  • Langston Hughes

  • Victor Hugo

  • James Hurst

  • Mary Pope Osborne

  • Dorothy Parker

  • The Pearl Poet

  • Anna Sewell

  • Paul Simon

  • Charles Schultz

  • Dr. Seuss

  • William Shakespeare

  • John Steinbeck

  • Jonathan Swift

  • Mark Twain

  • Jane Yolen

Technical resources:

We use ZOOM for live Friday meetings. U.S. and international students need:

  • An internet connection

  • A computer with a web-cam

  • Recommended: a headset with a microphone (but your built-in computer audio and microphone will work if necessary)