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CREATIVE WRITING I: (LLWRC 780)

testHow do we tell stories? What do we include in writing, and what remains unsaid? Build your voice as we focus on a group of specific techniques for shaping and informing your creative skills, including character, plot, point of view, description, dialogue, and setting. In class, we will read short selections of writing to see what techniques we can beg, borrow, and steal from them. We will experiment with in-class writing exercises and read and discuss each other's work. Writing can be inventive, illogical, chaotic, unexpected, strange, and wonderful. In this class, we will practice seeing the world in new ways and then recreating that experience on the page.

Monday Nights
Sept. 10th — Oct. 15th, 2018
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

 

Class Resources:

Syllabus (Fall 2018)

Weekly Lecture Notes and Materials:

Week 1: Prologue

Presentation Slides - Week 1

Character Worksheet

Points and Pacing Worksheet #1

The Last Leaf, O. Henry

Week 2: The Plot Thickens

Presentation Slides - Week 2

Theme Worksheet

Points and Pacing Worksheet #2

Standard Manuscript Format

Guidelines for Critique Sessions

Everyday Use, Alice Walker

Week 3: Once Upon a Time

Presentation Slides - Week 3

The Cask of Amontillado, Edgar Allan Poe

To Build a Fire, Jack London

Week 4: The Muddled Middle

 

Week 5: Happily Ever After

 

Week 6: Denouement

 

 

 

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