You will explore a range of creative writing forms, styles, and traditions. You will learn to become a better critical writer and thinker and find effective ways of expressing your creative vision/voice as we move over different genres and media. We will work within traditional forms (poetry and fiction), as well as multi- and new-media writing (screenplays, comics, site-specific works, and digital literature). You will engage in the basic praxis of the writing workshop: producing original writing, annotating classmate’s work with comments, discussing original pieces and supplemental reading, revising, writing critically about presented work, and producing a “final” portfolio. You will also have the opportunity to meet with a number of accomplished visiting speakers who will lecture on/discuss aspects of craft, give advice about publication, and outline opportunities to become involved in literary communities and industries. Visiting scholars will include editors, professors, and nationally prominent literary artists engaged in a variety of innovative practices. The course will culminate in you publishing your best work in either an online literary journal or a handmade chapbook.
During this course you will:
• Build a working knowledge of how to produce and discuss creative writing suited to your own taste, background, interests, and academic pursuit.
• Learn the basics of form, with an emphasis on learning about the possibilities available for contemporary writers working over a variety of media. Just as Gutenberg’s printing press revolutionized the function of the written word in his time – the ready availability of cameras, computers, and other new media open exciting and largely uncharted possibilities for writers.
• Imagine the possibilities for creative writing in an era of rapid technological change.
• Gain an opportunity to think about how to engage in a literary world that is becoming increasingly less hierarchical; one in which independently produced books, films, and magazines have proven to be vital points of entry for younger writers.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
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.