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Provincial Creative Writing
Creative Writing 050 is for writers with little or no experience in creative writing who wish to develop their skills in writing poetry, fiction, and drama. Students will be introduced to the fundamental elements of writing in the three genres, and will be guided through the creative writing process in a workshop-style approach to learning.

  • Total Hours: 120
  • Lecture Hours: 60
  • Seminars and Tutorials: 60
Total Weeks:  20

Prerequisites: English 040 Advanced English, or equivalent, or permission of the instructor

Course Content:
1. Introduction to Creative Writing
i. Finding ideas for creative writing, including experiences, beliefs, reactions, and perceptions;
ii. Using language effectively and with specific purpose;
iii. Improving writing through revision;
iv. Using the work of other writers for consideration and inspiration.

2. Writing Poetry
i. The process of writing a poem;
ii. The structure and content of a poem, including imagery, lines/stanzas, sound devices, rhyme, voice, and point of view;
iii. Workshopping a poem.

3. Writing Fiction
i. The process of writing a short story;
ii. The structure and content of a short story, including the introduction, the problem, plot, character, setting, dialogue, point of
view, and voice;
iii. Workshopping a short story.

4. Writing Plays
i. The process of writing a ten-minute play;
ii. The structure and content of a play, including story development on stage, dialogue for actors, and stage direction.
iii. Workshopping a play.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Read and analyze both published and student writing;
  • Apply the principles of creative writing when writing original poems, short stories and plays;
  • Examine and evaluate student writing in a concise and constructive manner;
  • Consider and respond to the comments about their writing;
  • Apply revision and editing skills when improving writing;
  • Incorporate a broad range of styles and techniques to make their creative writing realistic and engaging;
  • Participate actively in the workshop-style approach to creative writing.
Passing Grade:  D (50%)

    Textbooks: Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.

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