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ENGL 2060 (Intro to Creative Writing)

Course Template
The following information should be available to students as a part of all syllabi for this course.

Course Information
Number: ENGL 2060
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Catalog Name: Introduction to Creative Writing
Instructor sub-title (optional)

Instructor Information
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Required texts and other readings/materials
• Individual instructors may assemble a group of texts that will allow them to meet the objectives and specifications. No particular anthology or editions of the required texts are specified

Course description
• An introduction to the art of creative writing—from learning the elements involved in literary production, to gaining the critical skills necessary in assessing works by established authors, to crafting one’s own literary artifacts
• A study of the process of creative writing from a wide range of historical and cultural examples
• An investigation of the convergence of creative production and critical thinking
• An appreciation and understanding of the connections between personal experience and creativity, and the reception of literary arts in the public domain

Course Goals
• Students will demonstrate familiarity with a representative selection of creative-writing strategies important in the formation of contemporary poetry, fiction, screen- and playwriting, and creative nonfiction
• Students will closely examine the processes by which creative writers produce literary artifacts in a wide range of cultures and historical circumstances
• Students will demonstrate an understanding of multiple literary genres and schools of reception in writing projects that contain both critical and creative elements
• Students will put into practice, through various creative assignments including literary calisthenics and sustained journal entries, the creative-writing processes and conventions introduced by the course

Program Goals
• Students will be able to recognize the place of creative writing, and its various modes of production, in the shaping of individual identity and larger cultural realities
• Students will come to discern how creative writing is shaped by critical awareness and varying historical contexts
• Students will learn to draw meaningful connections between the fine art of creative writing and a range of university disciplines including psychology, sociology, political science, and other programs within the humanities
• Students will be able to apply their acquired skills to a range of personal, work, and social situations
• This course fulfills one of the departmental requirements for the completion of the creative writing minor
• This course broadens students’ desire and ability to take pleasure in their encounters with literature

General topics and assignments appropriate to those topics
• A detailed calendar of events is required
• The course will offer a wide array of cultural perspectives by examining work from a diverse pool of publishing authors
• The course will include a diversity of genres

Assessment activities
• May include various combinations of instruments ranging from reading quizzes, response papers, daily calisthenics, journaling, and creative work
• All sections must include at least (10) ten pages of writing in order to meet departmental expectations

Other policies
Departmental plagiarism policies
• Other policy statements specific to this class should be included on the syllabus
• Dates for completion of all assignments should be provided
• Students should be expected to come to class, prepared and able to participate
• MLA style should be emphasized and required on critical prose