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Jeanne D. Heuving
B CUSP 131
Bothell Campus

Special Topics in First-Year Learning

Various topics designed to respond to curricular interests and needs for first-year students. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

Creative Reading and Creative Writing. Creative Reading is informed and attentive, but it is also interpretative and imaginative. This course proceeds by reading well known creative works that have captured the heads and hearts of many. We will consider what does it mean to read these texts well and how can we use their example as a basis for creative writing. We begin with Joe Brainard's catalogue poem, I Remember; proceed to consider the symbolic evocations of Sandra Cisneros, House on Mango Street; consult Kafka's allegorical masterpiece, Metamorphosis, engage Du Bois' Souls of Black Folks, and conclude with Roland Barthes' Camera Lucida.

Student learning goals

to figure out reading strategies through cues given by the text itself

to learn to contextualize literary texts with respect to their historical times and critical responses

to engage literary texts as examples for creative writing

to write short critical response essays

to write creative pieces

General method of instruction

Lecture, Discussion, and Small Group

Recommended preparation

an interest in reading and writing; a willingness to work hard

Class assignments and grading

4 critical responses

4 creative writing pieces

1 final critical response or creative writing piece

25 per cent participation

50 per cent critical and creative writing pieces

25 per cent final piece


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jeanne D. Heuving
Date: 02/20/2014