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 Course Title:   Creative Writing I

 Title Abbreviation:   CREATIVE WRITING I

 Department:    ENGL&

 Course #:    236

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    230501

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Helps to develop skills in writing fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry (emphasis to be determined by instructor). Students will read and discuss works by professional authors, compose original works, and participate in peer workshops.


Prerequisite: Completed ENGL& 101 with a grade of 2.0 or higher.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Humanities  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
CWU 212 OR 213
OTHER Elective credit-until evaluated except at UW
U of W T
WWU Not evaluated

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand elements of fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry.
    • Identify and explain elements of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry from writers from a variety of cultures and time periods.
  2. Demonstrate writing skills.
    • Compose and complete at least fifteen revised pages of original prose fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.
    • Revise and edit by applying effective techniques of the elements of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry and also standards of English usage.
    • Present work in appropriate format
    • Understand process for submission of work for publication.
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking/writing skills.
    • Apply understanding of fiction/nonfiction/poetry and related terms in workshop discussions of other student work and of professional writers representing different cultures and time periods.
    • Apply understanding of fiction/nonfiction/poetry in appropriate written comments on other student work.
    • Listen actively to assessment of their own work, evaluate those assessments critically, and use appropriate assessments in revision.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.
3.4 Produce academic and/or professional writing and integrate it into written and spoken projects.
3.7 Adapt communication to diverse audiences and media.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.
6.3 Apply successful organizational strategies of planning, goal setting, prioritizing, resolving conflict, and managing time to specific goals and/or projects.

7. Aesthetics & Creativity

Definition: Interpreting human experience through engagement with creative processes and aesthetic principles.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
7.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the creative process.
7.2 Demonstrate knowledge of aesthetic principles.
7.3 Use knowledge of creative processes and aesthetic principles to understand humans and the world around them.
7.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the role of arts and creative expression in societies.

Course Contents

  1. Plot and/or narrative action
  2. Character development
  3. Setting
  4. Point of view
  5. Rhyme and rhythm
  6. Elements specific to fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry
  7. Concrete details
  8. Dialogue
  9. Narrative time
  10. Voice and tone
  11. Diction