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    Jan 04, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course to anyone who, like myself, wants to be a creative writer. Students turn in drafts of their work and learn from classmates and the professor what worked well and what can be improved, and then they can fix their mistakes in their revised drafts. Also, the professor is quite a lenient grader and focuses more on whether students participate and learn from their mistakes when editing, instead of whether students become experts at creative writing by the end of the course.

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    Personally, I learned to avoid relying on too much dialogue to tell the story--dialogue should generally reveal character, while other information should generally be revealed through the narration. I also worked on showing (using descriptive details and vivid imagery) instead of merely telling what happens in a story, while still keeping sentences fairly concise and removing unnecessary words or lengthy phrases.

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    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    As with any class, don't procrastinate--the assignments may be fun, but they can also be rather time-consuming. Especially with first drafts, don't spend too much time trying to perfect the story, and focus first on getting the assignment completed. Drafts do make up a little bit of the final grade, as they are meant to help you improve your work. Also, try to leave enough time to read your classmates' stories for peer reviewing.

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    • Janice Meer
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