Courses

Courses in Creative Writing

CRW-050 Literary Magazine Editing
Combines instruction in the skills of producing a literary magazine with the practical tasks of publishing the Coe Review. Students learn to plan a production schedule, evaluate and select materials, design an issue, organize and direct staff, manage a budget, promote the magazine, plan for the next cycle, communicate with contributors, and other skills related to producing an issue of the Coe Review.  Current appointed Coe Review editorial staff are required to enroll in either CRW-050 or CRW-075 as a condition of retaining their appointments. Students may not register for both CRW-050 and CRW-075 in the same term.  S/U basis only. May be taken more than once for credit for a maximum of 1.6 credits. (0.2 course credit)

CRW-075 Advanced Literary Magazine Editing
Combines instruction in the skills of producing a literary magazine with the practical tasks of publishing the Coe Review, but this course focuses on developing and practicing skills in one of the main editorial positions of the magazine. Only students who have been appointed to an editorial position on the Coe Review staff may register for this course. Current appointed Coe Review editorial staff are required to enroll in either CRW-050 or CRW-075 as a condition of retaining their appointments. Students may not register for both CRW-050 and CRW-075 in the same term. A maximum of one course credit may count toward a creative writing collateral major. May be taken more than once for credit for a maximum of 1.0 credit. (0.5 credit)

CRW-105 Topics in Creative Writing
Emphasizes basic skills in writing one or more forms of poetry, fiction, or drama. Students study classic examples and write original works in these forms. Topics vary depending on the instructor. Topics may include sonnets and other closed forms, fables and myths, literary fiction, fantasy, young adult fiction, Internet literature, one-act plays, or other forms. May be taken more than once, with consent of instructor, provided the topics are substantially different.

CRW-200 Beginning Playwriting (The One-Act Play)
See also Theatre Arts (THE-200)
Explores the basics of playwriting through the study of dramatic structure, creative exercises, and reading and analysis of existing play scripts, with emphasis on the one-act play. Students complete a one-act play script of their own creation.

CRW-300 Advanced Playwriting (The Full-Length Play)
See also Theatre Arts (THE-300)
Focuses on the analysis and creation of play scripts of two acts or more. Emphasis is placed on the writing and marketing of the student’s own creative work, culminating in the completion and public reading of a full-length script. Prerequisite: Beginning Playwriting (CRW/THE-200).

CRW-350 Screenwriting
Survey of multiple modes of writing for moving image productions. May include examination of dramatic narrative screenplay fundamentals such as structure, character, scene development, theme, and story; the documentary treatment, including research, interviewing, and post-production writing; and experimental and multimedia writing. Students develop the tools and vocabulary to analyze their own writing. Screenings of a range of film and video works conducted in class and by assignment.  Prerequisite: any CRW- or FLM- course.

Workshops in Creative Writing

Workshops in poetry and fiction usually meet concurrently with students at all three levels working together. Workshop students are required to submit a collection of finished work at the end of each course. Included in this collection is reflective discussion of the composition history of the finished work.

CRW-280 Poetry Workshop 1
Special attention to differences between closed forms of traditional rhymed, metrical verse, and open forms, such as non-stanzaic and free verse. Prerequisite: Topics in Creative Writing (CRW-105) or consent of instructor.

CRW-290 Fiction Workshop 1
Emphasis on techniques of setting, plot, characterization, dialogue, timing, and systematic architecture, and on a variety of narrative methods. Prerequisite: Topics in Creative Writing (CRW-105) or consent of instructor.

CRW-380 Poetry Workshop 2
Advanced study of poetic forms and practice writing poetry. Prerequisites: Topics in Creative Writing (CRW-105) and Poetry Workshop 1 (CRW-280).

CRW-390 Fiction Workshop 2
Advanced study of the short story and practice writing fiction at the advanced level. Prerequisites: Topics in Creative Writing (CRW-105) and Fiction Workshop 1 (CRW-290).

CRW-480 Poetry Workshop 3
Continued advanced writing, with an emphasis on producing finished poems.  Prerequisite: Poetry Workshop 2 (CRW-380).

CRW-490 Fiction Workshop 3
Continued advanced writing, with an emphasis on producing finished fiction.  Prerequisite: Fiction Workshop 2 (CRW-390).

CRW-405 Advanced Topics in Creative Writing
Study of special topics in creative writing, such as scriptwriting, experimental fiction and poetry, and hypertext.  May be taken more than once, with consent of instructor, provided the topics are substantially different.  Prerequisite: Advanced Playwriting (CRW-300), Poetry Workshop 2 (CRW-380) or Fiction Workshop 2 (CRW-390).

CRW-505 Manuscript Workshop
The capstone of the Creative Writing major.  Students in this intensive workshop complete a thoroughly revised, polished major manuscript, suitable for an MFA writing sample or to submit for publication.  Manuscripts usually are in a single genre.  Students also write reflections on their manuscript and prepare for the senior reading.  Prerequisites:  completion of all writing courses required for the major or minor and consent of creative writing administrative coordinator.

CRW-895 Internship in Creative Writing
Exploration of a career area related to Creative Writing. Application and supervision through the Director of Internships. A minimum of 140 hours on-site experience is required. S/U basis only. This course does not satisfy any of the requirements for a major or minor in creative writing, but with the consent of rhetoric department faculty, one credit from an appropriate internship may be applied to a major or minor in writing.Prerequisites: junior standing and consent of creative writing administrative coordinator.