CRWR 209 - Introduction to the Art of Writing I

For students interested in writing imaginatively in a variety of styles and literary forms. This is a seminar workshop in which student writing is discussed in the supportive atmosphere of a small class.


Credits:  3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks:  15



Placement based on NLC Writing Assessment


Non-Course Prerequisites:




Course Content:
Much of the class will be conducted as a writing workshop in which students present their work for peer critique in a supportive and encouraging environment. The instructor will assign readings from the required texts, as well as other readings as starting points for discussion of issues relevant to novice writers and to the craft of writing in general. Students will be expected to attend class regularly, to take part in discussions and critiques of student work, to explore their own writing potential, and to submit a substantial portfolio at the end of the semester.


Learning Outcomes:

The objective of the course is to help students develop their creative writing skills as well as their literary, verbal, and intellectual skills when critically discussing the implications of genre and craft. At this level the emphasis is on production, and students will be expected to turn in a substantial portfolio at the end of the course.
After completing Creative Writing 209, students should have an appreciation of the discipline required to produce literary works of merit. Furthermore, students should be able to:
- Express personal and other experiences in the literary genres of the lyric poem and the short story
- Meaningfully criticize the work(s) of other writers working at a similar level
- Meaningfully criticize the work(s) of other writers tackling similar aesthetic problems
- Meaningfully criticize canonical literary works so as to be able to appreciate the intricacies of their construction


Implications of genre and structure

Tolerance of varied styles and content, respect for work of craft

Literary, verbal, intellectual


Word-processing, Conference technology, Internet


Grading System:  Letters


Passing Grade:  D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work:  100


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