56-1.Syllabus.f09 - Introduction to Creative Writing CRWT...

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CRWT 56 1:40-3pm, Tuesday and Thursday UV10 Professor: Goldberry Long Phone: 827-1480 Office Hours: Tuesday 3:30-5 INTS 4018 goldl@ucr.edu Course Description This class will introduce you to the most basic elements of creative writing. These elements are used by all  creative writers, from poets to nonfiction writers to novelists to short story writers.  Creative Writing is a multifaceted activity.  Writers are people who write, obviously, but they also read and  publish.  This quarter, you will try your hand at all three: 1 .  Writing . You will complete short writing assignments, called FORMAL CRAFT EXERCISES every  week. You will print out and read your classmates’ writing, and discuss the work in small groups with your  teaching assistant.  You will also FREEWRITE for ten minutes at the start of every lecture.  You will work  on a long-term project of 750 words, due at the end of the quarter  (see also “Publishing).  2.   Reading.   Each week, you will READ short assigned readings, and post a short comment online, in a  READING BLOG, in response to a prompt. These will be in different genres, and will always offer you a  chance to see the basic elements of creative writing in action.  We will not concern ourselves with  difference between genres; rather, we will look for elements they have in common . 3.   Publishing.   You will  “publish” your LONG-TERM PROJECT in a class blog called “The 56  Publishing Company.” In addition, you will assemble all your writing for the quarter in a CHAPBOOK  (due at the end of term), with an introduction (250 words) that you write. When you leave this class, you will understand that: CONCRETE IMAGES are the building blocks of all creative writing. Well-chosen WORDS shape power and meaning of writing.   VOICE      creates and transforms meaning.   A creative writer pursues his or her own “TRUTH.” WRITING PROCESS involves both invention and revision. And you will understand a little about what it feels to PUBLISH. If you understand those six things, you will be ready to learn more  about creative writing in whatever genre   you choose. If this is the only creative writing class you ever take, you might find that you are a better  writer in your chosen field.  You might find you are a better reader, too.   And you will probably be a great storyteller at a party. “And so now you will begin to work at your writing.  Remember these things.  Work with all your 
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