Foundations of Creative Writing

CE 430 : 

non-credit – in person

  • Dates: February 24 – March 2
  • Times: 10 AM – 1 PM
  • Meetings: 2
  • Days: Saturdays
  • Instructor: Joshua Keller


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In this introductory creative writing course, you will learn the foundational considerations of what makes language speak–whether in story or verse. Through multiple hands-on exercises, you will learn to unlock the potential of your words, unearthing new meanings and rendering new worlds. Across discussions of concrete description, abstraction, perspective, characterization, setting, and structure, we will locate ourselves as writers, exploring the ways in which they relate to the primary palette that authors use to bring the page alive. 
The main goal of this class is to familiarize students with and apply the tools necessary to write clearly and deliberately for an audience other than the author themselves. After a brief lecture on detail and character, students will work through multiple exercises to gain proficiency in each day’s artistic technique. Students will complete multiple ad hoc responses, at least one finished draft, and a revision plan for expanding the draft beyond the scope of the course. 
Students will leave the course with a draft of a written work with revisions and suggestions, a better understanding of a variety of principles and techniques employed in creative writing, and a revision plan to expand their draft. 

This course must meet minimum enrollment by February 17 in order to run. Register today! 

Supply List

  • pen, paper, or optional personal computer/tablet
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