Curriculum

The program consists of four required courses and three elective courses.

Essentials of Creative Writing

Get your pen (or laptop keys) moving in this fast-paced introduction to creative writing. Through weekly lectures, readings, and opportunities to share your work in a supportive environment, you will begin to hone your craft, learning tips for how to create compelling characters, snappy dialogue, and satisfying story structures. Whether your dream is to write the Great American Novel or to capture true stories from your own life, this course will help you write the kinds of narratives that will keep your reader fascinated from the first word to the last.

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Narrative Writing Workshop

“Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry,” novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez once observed. “With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood. Both are full of tricks and techniques.” This writing-intensive course takes a hands-on approach to the craft of storytelling, exploring the tools, materials, and mechanics used to construct powerful narratives, whether fictional (novels, short stories) or factual (memoir, personal essays).

Via readings and exercises, the class investigates the “tricks and techniques” employed by a range of modern masters and apply these lessons to perfecting works in progress. Each week, you’ll carefully read and critique classmate submissions, offering constructive feedback in an encouraging context. The course’s lectures and discussions will tackle difficulties that writers of all skill levels face: fine-tuning characters and dramatic arcs; organizing scenes and chapters; refining the tone, diction, and rhythm of your prose; cultivating your unique voice; and much more.

Whatever your literary passions or favorite genres, this workshop will breathe new life into your narratives and lift your creative craftsmanship to a new level.

It is recommended that students complete Essentials of Creative Writing before taking this course.

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The Business of Creative Writing: Navigating Your Next Steps

Writing is a tough business with daunting odds. Yet in this digital age, when leveraged well, a writer has never had more power and opportunity. The Business of Writing shows you how to identify your brand and build your platform, as well as to evaluate the commercial potential of your work and understand the paths toward monetizing your writing. Investing the time and work to make it as good as it can be, committing to the process, and persevering during the inevitable rejection you will encounter along the path are all crucial for success. So, too, is learning not to be defensive when criticized for the work into which you've poured your heart and soul.

This workshop will also cover traditional publishing vs. self-publishing and all the stops in between, including agents and query letters, rights and legal issues including copyright, tenacity vs. talent, formatting, content creation, social networking, writers conferences, author websites, blogging, the best ways to connect with other writers for create a support group, and embracing the writing life. 

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Advanced Revision Workshop

Revision isn’t just about grammar and syntax – many other choices are critically important: Where should you begin your story or essay? What point of view should you use? What verb tense will work best? During this six-week workshop, our instructor – an experienced editor and writer – will provide valuable constructive feedback for participants and their respective works. Join us to build on the principles learned during previous courses in our Creative Writing program. Please submit 4,000-8,000 words of your work-in-progress prior to the first class.

This course is limited to students in the Creative Writing Certificate and must be completed last after all other required courses and electives.

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Students must complete three elective courses. Electives may be taken before, during or after the required courses. However, it is highly recommended that students start with Essentials of Creative Writing.