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Mrs. Leslie Goerner, Associate Professor, Humanities Department

Mohawk Valley Community College, 1101 Sherman Drive Utica, NY 13501


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EN197: Creative Writing | Syllabus

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Creative Writing offers an introduction to the principal techniques of creative written expression. As a demonstration of competency, students complete a series of directed writing assignments as well as projects in short fiction and poetry.
--Prerequisites: EN101 and EN102

DEPARTMENTAL OBJECTIVES

Goals toward which you should work:
- to define key features of poetry and fiction
- to analyze the elements of each genre
- to utilize them in the process of writing
- to understand stages of creative process
- to write clearly, forcefully, and imaginatively
- to critique and revise your own work
- to identify and explore writing voice and style
- to increase your appreciation for fine writing


REGARDING FICTION AND POETRY CONTENT FOR CREATIVE WRITING

Traditionally, literary fiction and poetry have served the function of exploring the meaning of human experience. In fiction, for example, the actions of characters typically explore issues regarding how one should live, often by showing what not to do. One reason why many short stories end unhappily is that the consequences of taking the wrong path are often unpleasant and sometimes disastrous. Although characters in stories do not always learn from their mistakes, readers should be able to identify a lesson. For this class, you will be expected to produce literary fiction and poetry that explore universal meaning and purpose in life. Though this sounds like a grand matter—and it is—you will see in the assigned readings that universal issues are illustrated by local examples. Character + problem = story.

Specialized genres not covered in this course include essay narrative (nonfiction), humorous sketch, children's literature, science fiction, erotica, and horror. If you would like further clarification on this point, please contact me before enrolling in the class.

For further details on course opportunities, please contact me for a full-length copy of the semester syllabus.