Our course will introduce you to contemporary American writing, as well as to the creative writing workshop format. We will discuss poems, non-fiction, and fiction while paying close attention to technique. You will complete writing assignments inspired by our reading.
As we workshop these assignments, you will learn to critique and to have your work critiqued according to the standards established by the discussion of our literary examples. Our class will serve as a foundation for those interested in the further study of both modern American literature and creative writing. By paying careful attention to language in readings, creative responses, and revisions, you will develop tools for close reading that under-gird the study of literature; these are the same skills that prepare students to craft expressive writing, whatever its genre.
During this course, you will:
• Strengthen your writing skills
• Improve your critical reading skills
• Develop your understanding of nontraditional writing strategies
• Learn about contemporary literary innovators
• Discover the generative benefits of form
An interest in reading and an openness to writing in a variety of genres is required. Strong reading skills encouraged.
Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.