Introduction to Creative Writing

Drawing on students’ accumulated awareness of the elements of literary genres, ENG 312 aims to help students gain a deeper practical and theoretical understanding of their own values and practice as writers. Students explore and practice the elements and techniques of fiction, including description, character, dialog, plot, setting, narration, style, and theme, and develop their writing skills in English, with special emphasis on the descriptive and figurative capabilities of the language. Taught through a combination of short lecture, student-led discussion, workshops, and tutorials, the course encourages students to explore and develop a personal creative process, and guides them through overlapping stages of pre-writing, writing and revision to produce a submission-ready piece of short fiction. Students are assessed both on the effectiveness of their final product and on the quality of their ongoing engagement with its inspiration and development in creative dialogue with their with peers and instructor.