We will focus on preparing fiction for publication, presentation to an agent, or as part of an application portfolio for an MFA program or grant. Through assigned readings, craft discussions, and workshopping, we will hone the writer's craft. Additionally, we learn about the current literary marketplace, including magazines, small presses, self-publication and literary agencies.
We will focus on preparing fiction for publication, presentation to an agent, or as part of an application portfolio for an MFA program or grant. Additionally, we learn about the current literary marketplace, including magazines, small presses, self-publication and literary agencies.
Each student will receive evaluation from the instructor as well as critique from fellow students. Practice in writing, speaking, and listening in the various formats: Comparative analysis of what works best with varying topics, situations, audiences, and purposes.
We will examine a variety of creative writing techniques, including character development, conflict, voice, story arc, setting, images, and especially dialogue. The heart of this class is workshop, but we will read aloud and study models and examples in each genre.
Examination of the audiences for technical writing and effective methods of organizing information to meet their needs. Students will conceive and write the first act of a full-length screenplay 30 pagescomplete a full-length story synopsis, and complete a number of in-class and take-home exercises.
We also will view and evaluate films, and analyze excerpts from successful movie screenplays, looking closely at the elements of plot and structure, character, dialogue, theme, genre, style and format.
Previous screenwriting experience is not required. Registration limited to University College students. Same as U18 Film Credit 3 units. Building on past experiences, students will continue their work in the craft of screenwriting by expanding their knowledge about screenwriting techniques.
Students will complete Act II approx. In particular, script rewriting will be explored.
This course will not count toward requirements in the FMS major or minor. We will workshop our own writings, with the goal of understanding their places within a larger work, from proposing and outlining a full-length manuscript to sculpting an anchor piece for the larger work.
We also examine broader craft elements such as pacing, scenes, setting, character development, adventure archetypes, suspense, and voice.
Students will complete exercises and three stories of varying lengths, with at least one in each mode, to be shared in a workshop setting.
Idea to Finished Product This course will explore the process of conceiving, reporting, drafting, revising, and placing a magazine feature story. We will read exemplary long-form magazine journalism — sometimes called literary journalism or narrative nonfiction — with an eye to process and craft.
How do we find stories? What is the relationship between reporting and the published piece? How do we shed new light on common themes and approach storytelling in innovative ways? During the term, each student will develop a feature profile: The course will include literary analysis and discussion, writing exercises, workshop-style discussion of student work, and will prepare interested students to pitch their stories for publication.
The readings and writings will be focused on documentary writing which incorporates quotations from daily life, the news, films, diaries, public documents, and maps. The readings studied are "lyric" instead of journalistic, following a poetic approach that connects inner experience and outer event, intimate and distant occurrences, people and places, private and public life.
Students will engage in weekly creative-writing exercises while developing a final research-based creative-writing project.
This course will count toward the major in American culture studies for day students. Truth and Lie One of the biggest misconceptions that readers of poetry may have is that the poet is the same individual as the speaker of the poem. In this course, The Lyric I: Truth and Lie, we will investigate examples of modern and contemporary American poetry which utilize the first-person speaker, to more thoroughly understand how and why these poems blur the boundaries between autobiography, history, and imagination.
The collections of poetry we will read this semester are as follows: These poems encompass the contradictions of the human mind, and lay them out, irresolvable and inseparable — genuine — on the page.
In addition, students will be responsible for pages of original creative work which uses the first person speaker, drawing inspiration from poetics we discuss in class; as well as a page response paper to challenges encountered during this creative writing process, and how those challenges were overcome.The MFA in Creative Writing At Western Washington University " Western Washington University's graduate program in creative writing changed my life.
I came to Western, a newly minted English major, and soon learned the attentive and engaging faculty at WWU would help me write the future of my own writing and teaching life.
Please note that, beginning in , we no longer require the GRE for admissions. The MFA Program at Washington University in St. Louis is a two-year program where 20 to 25 students are working toward MFA degrees in fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. For full descriptions of the Minor in Creative Writing and the B.A.
with a Major in Creative Writing and English, please consult the current Bulletin. Students wishing to have more information about Creative Writing at The George Washington University should contact . Please note that, beginning in , we no longer require the GRE for admissions.
The MFA Program at Washington University in St. Louis is a two-year program where 20 to 25 students are working toward MFA degrees in fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. The Creative Writing program at Seattle University takes the stand that good readers make good writers.
Rather than offering a stand-alone writing degree, the Seattle University English Department offers a literature-focused English major with a Creative Writing concentration in the belief that developing critical reading and analytical skills is .
University College offers a unit Certificate in Creative Writing for those who want to explore in-depth and achieve significant mastery in the art of writing poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction..
Instructors are experienced professional writers, most of whom are associated with the Washington University Graduate Writing Program and the Department of English.