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Jeanne D. Heuving
BISIA 207
Bothell Campus

Introduction to Creative Writing: Words, Stories, Dialogues

Inquires into basic elements of creative writing that occur in multiple genres and media. Studies and practices writing in a workshop atmosphere.

Class description

Inquires into basic elements of creative writing that occur in multiple genres and media: words, stories, dialogues. Students study literary arts and write creatively.

Student learning goals

to develop a sense of creative engagement with language and to understand how words denote and connote

to learn to write different kinds of stories and to explore narrative distance and closeness, narrative point of view and attitude

to learn to write monologues and dialogues and to gain a sensitivity to speech-inflected language and dialogue between persons

to learn how creative writing draws on diverse worlds and how it constructs these worlds

General method of instruction

Class time will be divided between discussion of work by published authors and by the members of the writing workshop.

Recommended preparation

Students should have a strong interest in reading and writing, and be willing to spend time paying close attention to written texts. Background in diverse arts, in addition to creative writing, is a plus.

Class assignments and grading

Each week a written "experiment" will be assigned due the next week. A final creative writing project and a separate thought piece will be assigned.

20 per cent participation 30 per cent portfolio of written experiments 20 per cent final thought piece 30 per cent final creative writing project--usually an expanded piece from earlier experiment


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: 05/09/2011