Fine Arts Requirement
Note on the University and College Fine Arts Requirement: Creative writing courses offer one way to satisfy the fine arts requirement. To obtain a complete list of all of these courses go to the class search page, then select the "fine arts" attribute and press control (on a Mac press command) shift and select all departments.
Introduction to Creative Writing
Section 01 – Christopher Holdaway – MW 9:30-10:45
Section 02 – Nichole Riggs – MW 5:50-6:20
Section 03 - Anthony Messina - TR 3:30-4:45
This course will introduce you to the craft of writing poetry and fiction. Thus, you will study the language, forms, techniques, and conventions of poetry and fiction with the purpose of putting that knowledge into practice. The hope is that by the end of the semester you will have also discovered ways of reading creative works that are stimulating and enriching for you. A large part of the semester will be devoted to the writing and sharing of exercises and original creative works in a workshop setting.
Section 01 – Matthew Pelkey – TR 12:30-1:45
Section 02 – Steve Tomasula – TR 2:00-3:15
Students will begin with narrative exercises in style and form and ultimately write complete drafts and revisions of literary short stories. Readings in modern and contemporary literature will provide critical perspective and vocabulary, as well as narrative possibilities.
Writing the Unreal
In this class we will investigate the question: how do we write about what isn't real? Students will study the elements of fiction (such as language, setting, character, and narrative structure) with a focus on techniques for writing about things and places that don’t exist, and ideas that complicate our understanding of reality. The reading list will consist of literary fiction alongside science fiction, fantasy, and the surreal; students will focus on growing as both readers and writers, with a blend of discussion and workshop based exercises, and apply these techniques to creating their own works of fiction.
Writing Creative Non-Fiction: Self, Others, World
In this course we will explore the various forms and conventions of writing creative nonfiction, a very contemporary genre with plenty of old-school antecedents. We will be writing within various subgenres of CNF, including memoir/personal essay, lyric essay, literary journalism, and travel writing, and we’ll even dabble in some more recent outcroppings of creative nonfiction, such as blogging, food writing, and other internet-infused trans-genres. We’ll also be reading a number of both classic and hybrid creative nonfiction texts to help us understand what makes some nonfiction writing “creative,” and so that we can pilfer them for ideas to fuel our own writing process, of course; texts as diverse as Dave Eggers’ A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams, and Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried. Over the course of the semester, we will forge a serious and personally invested inquiry into the very human concept of writing one’s real life into literature.