Creative Writing 101 — Syllabus

Introduction to Creative Writing: The importance of having fun with writing. Exploration of the cornerstones of creative writing—observation, imagination, language.

Show and Tell: Understanding the difference between showing and telling. Techniques for showing—sensory, specificity, scenes.

Individuality: The power of a journal. Writing what you know. Writing what you want to know. Finding your individual voice.

Fiction: The types and forms of fiction. Where to find fiction ideas. The basics of creating a story—characters, plot, point of view.

Nonfiction: Exploration of three types of creative nonfiction writing—memoir, personal essays, narrative nonfiction. Where to find nonfiction ideas.

Getting Better: Good habits. Battling the blank page. Revision. Reading as a writer. Where to go next?

Note: Content may vary among individual classes.