COMP115 Creative Writing I

Department of Language & Literature: Composition

I. Course Number and Title
COMP115 Creative Writing I
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
COMP110 (C or better) or permission of the Department of Language and Literature, based on the writing samples
V. Other Pertinent Information
Class size is limited to fifteen. All composition courses have a minimum requirement of 5,000 words in formal writing assignments.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is a seminar-type exploration of creative writing techniques with emphasis on writing and criticism of student writing. Work from literary tradition will be studied as models and inspiration for the students' own literary efforts. Assignments will enable students to express and develop their creative skills.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Reading: Students will be able to

      read and identify the techniques, characteristics, and visions of fiction, poetry, and 'at the instructor's discretion' drama, gleaned from a study of past masters of the literary forms; and
      critique, in a constructive manner, the work of others and, as a result, to be self-critical and also more discriminating as readers.

    Writing: Students will be able to

      recognize the importance of writing and revising regularly;
      demonstrate sensitivity to the nuances of language as seen in models taken from the literary heritage of the language;
      demonstrate their collaborative skills and knowledge of group process and its benefits to the individual writer and to the group; and
      recognize, explore, and employ the sources of metaphor and narrative.

    Academic Integrity: Students will be able to

      demonstrate their understanding of plagiarism as a major ethical concern; and identify the effects of plagiarism on the person and the community.

    Core Learning Goals
    Category I
    Creative Expression

    Goals: Students will

    1. learn to assess, appreciate, embrace and/or value the uniqueness of their own creative endeavors, as well as those of others;
    2. learn to present their work (speech, musical composition, artwork, film/video, performance, etc.) in a professional, accomplished manner relative to the specific medium;
    3. begin to appreciate and understand the acknowledged significant historical developments and accomplishments within the tradition of the medium.

    Objectives: Students will be able to

    1. create a unique, personal, finished product appropriate to the medium;
    2. perform a critical examination and assessment of their work, as well as the work of others;
    3. demonstrate an understanding of the language, formal qualities, structure, and interpretive methodologies relative to the medium;
    4. articulate how they got from the initial concept to the final product.

    Category III
    Critical Thinking and/or /Problem Solving

    The students learn and practice the skills of interpretation, application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, reasoning, and/or problem solving.

    Objectives: Students will be able to

    1. understand and express the meaning and significance of a variety of communications. (Interpretation);
    2. use methods, concepts and theories in new situations. (Application Skills);
    3. identify the explicit and implied features of a communication, especially in arguments that put forth a conclusion. (Analysis Skills);
    4. integrate and/or combine knowledge from multiple sources to create new knowledge. (Synthesis);
    5. assess the credibility of a communication and the strength of claims and arguments. (Evaluation Skills);


    The students learn to work effectively in small groups, to develop cooperative relationships among people of diverse ages and backgrounds, and to appreciate the responsibility inherent in working with others. They also learn that problems may have more than one possible solution.

    Objectives: Students will be able to

    1. practice effective small group communication skills.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    The class will be conducted both as a writing workshop and as a discussion seminar on fictional, poetic, and dramatic techniques. In the workshop format, students study and discuss the literary heritage of the language and read their work, receiving reactions from fellow students and the instructor. The instructor will hold conferences to discuss individual work. The instructor will use illustrative models of fictional, poetic, and dramatic styles and techniques to instruct students on the possibilities of expression.
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Students will be assessed on the following:

    1. a minimum of 5000 words of creative writing, revision, and literary analyses, resulting in a portfolio with the assigned number of pieces as designated in individual instructor course formats.

    2. Since assigning a poem, short story, or play an "A" or "F" is difficult, the grade will be determined by frequency of the writing submissions, quality of revision, exemplification of fictional, poetic, and dramatic technique, and number of finished pieces. (Discipline-Specific Learning Goals; Creative Expression; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving);

    3. their ability to critique their own work and the works of others, specifically in a workshop situation where they exhibit constructive group behavior. (Discipline-Specific Learning Goals; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; Creative Expression; Collaboration);

    4. their writing process as discussed in student-instructor conferences and classroom workshops (Creative Expression; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; Collaboration);

    5. their ability to read and analyze literary models that illustrate fictional, poetic, and dramatic styles and techniques. (Discipline-Specific; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving);

    6. their ability to demonstrate an understanding and use of language and language nuance, including the rhetorical tropes. (Discipline-Specific; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; Creative Expression);

    7. other evaluative tools may include, but not be limited to, the following: quizzes, examinations, class participation, and other projects as specified in individual instructor's class format. (Discipline-Specific Learning Goals; Creative Expression; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; Collaboration).
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Texts chosen by the instructor will relate to the art, creative writing, and/or appropriate literary anthologies. See instructor's course format.

Review/Approval Date - 1/08