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Creative Writing Syllabus
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Goals and Objectives
The main goal of this course is to allow students the chance to writing freelyin a creative environment, focusing on certain genres, such as poetry, fiction, and drama. Students will learn the language for taking about writing and critically analyze pieces of writing, identifying strong and weak points.Attention will be paid to writing for writing’s sake, as well as writing forspecific audience intention. Students will be asked to be imaginative and topush themselves out of their “comfort zone” to take new risks and embracenew concepts in writing. Self-editing, teacher editing, peer editing andconferencing will play a large role in this class.
- Reading: Students will be provided with many models and examples of the body of work that makes up “creative writing”. Students will analyze and synthesize what they have read, focusing on the language used and other literary devices, cultivating a store of ideas to use in their own writing.
- Writing: Students will be assigned a variety of writing assignments, both formally and informally throughout the year. There will be times when grammar and conventions will be highly important; other times it will be the ideas and creativity expressed in a piece. Students should be ready to try different forms of writing, some that may seem strange and some that may be hard. Daily, in-class activities will provide sparks for larger works. Weekly journaling and other free writing opportunities are available.
- Thinking: Students will be asked to thinking critically about the ideas they have, the writing they are doing, the writing others are doing, their audience, and, most importantly, the language they are using. What effect are you trying to accomplish and how will you do that?
- Speaking: Students will participate in a variety of speaking activities, most importantly sharing work they’ve written with the class. All will be expected to do this and all will be expected to be sincere, genuine, polite listeners.
- Vocabulary and grammar, especially the language for talking about language
- Reading and analysis of poems, short stories, essay, articles, etc.
- Types of writing to be explored: creative non-fiction (personal narrative), drama, poetry, short fiction, descriptive writing, extended definition, among others.
- Daily in-class writing activities
- Editing/workshopping pieces of work
You will need the following to succeed in this class:
- A pen and a pencil—Some assignments will be REQUIRED to be completed in pen.
- A notebook— dedicated only to English. To be used for daily writing activities and will be collected at the end of each week.
- A folder—a folder ONLY dedicated to English. Students will be receivingmany handouts, and will be expected to be able to find them. Students may wish to invest in a second folder, as they will be required to keep a portfolio of the writing they produce in this class.
- Students may choose to use a binder to organize papers.
- Students may wish to invest in a simple set of markers, colored pens or colored pencils.
About this Document
For those who may be new at teaching Creative Writing, this is the syllabus of what I do in and expect for my class.