Neither the structure of creative writing nor the conventions within which it functions are evident to most casual readers. This course will expose students to the craft and technique of writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by acquainting them with some of the conventions and terminology of each genre. We will also look at several writers' work and ways of working, explore the uses of the workshop and its demands and rewards, and practice ways to give and receive feedback. Having completed writing exercises for each genre, read the published work of professional authors, and examined some aspects of technique in all the genres, students will produce small portfolios of their own work. This course is a prerequisite for WRI 210, WRI 211, WRI 212, and WRI 213.
Triad: Artistic Expression