COMP116 Creative Writing II

Department of Language & Literature: Composition

I. Course Number and Title
COMP116 Creative Writing II
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
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. COMP116: Creative Writing II is an expansion of the skills listed in COMP115.
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.
  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

    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. 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.;
    2. their ability to critique their own work and the works of others, specifically in a workshop situation where they exhibit constructive group behavior;
    3. their writing process as discussed in student-instructor conferences and classroom workshops;
    4. their ability to read and analyze literary models that illustrate fictional, poetic, and dramatic styles and techniques;
    5. their ability to demonstrate an understanding and use of language and language nuance, including the rhetorical tropes.;
    6. 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 course syllabus.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Chosen by the instructor - relates to the art, creative writing, and/or appropriate literary anthologies. See instructor's course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 1/08; NewCore 8/2015