390 - Creative Writing Workshop
Creative Non-Fiction: This course is for students who want to understand and experiment with the genre of creative nonfiction and to add to their skills as a creative writer. In this intensive workshop students will explore the use of “I” as a guide, seek the extraordinary within the ordinary, and find the story within the facts. Reading/reflection and writing/revision will be emphasized all semester. The focus will be on the creation of several essays and the experimentation with style and subcategories of this fourth genre. Ongoing work will be discussed with peer editors, which will not only help students rethink their work but teach them to become better editors. Through reading and discussion they will see their own writing in a larger context. Weekly group critiques will provide the opportunity to give and receive helpful feedback.
Literary Fiction: This course is for students who want to explore in-depth the literary genre of fiction and add to their skills as a creative writer. Through reading and discussion of stories they will see their own writing in a larger context. Weekly class critiques will provide the opportunity to give and receive helpful feedback.
Poetry: An exploration of the techniques of writing poetry in both open and closed forms.
Screenplay: This section, taught by the literary director at Geva Theatre Center, will focus on the writing of stage plays. Students will have opportunities to meet with professional playwrights, observe rehearsals and performances of world premiere plays at Geva and hear their work read by actors at least once during the semester. Additionally, through creative exercises, peer critiques, and the reading and discussion of established plays, students will hone their critical faculties as well as their writing skills.
Speculative Fiction: This course is for students interested in the reading and writing of fiction that contains a speculative element, which includes but is not limited to the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Through reading and writing assignments, students will develop a better understanding of how speculative elements work within the framework of short fiction and become familiar with the contemporary speculative fiction publishing scene. Classes will feature writing exercises and peer critique sessions.