Creative Writing is a workshop course in which students discover, analyze, and apply the methods and styles used in various forms of fiction, creative non-fiction, drama, and poetry. It emphasizes experimentation, practice, and taking cues from published writers and poets. It also gives students the opportunity to express themselves while learning different genres and writing rules. Writing is a craft, a process, and a form of art in itself. Creative Writing not only provides all participants with an opportunity to express themselves, but also supplies focus on word choice, diction, form, editing, idea generation, and other skills useful in nonfiction writing. The one way to become a good writer is by writing. Students will do a great deal of writing in this course.
It is recomended that students successfully complete English 9 or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.
Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills
- Analyze the differences between factual writing and creative nonfiction writing.
- Analyze varying points of view in writing.
- Define the concepts of setting and dialogue in fiction writing.
- Identify literary techniques used in fiction writing and in real versus imagined places.
- Examine the concept of characterization in fiction writing and identify the differences between direct and indirect characterization.
- Identify instances of metaphor, symbol, and theme in original fiction writing.
- Analyze the use of style and tone in writing.
Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills
- Identify the components of literary nonfiction to define it as a genre.
- Analyze the impact of literary concepts such as diction, syntax, and varieties of tone within nonfiction narratives.
- Identify run-on sentences and sentence fragments.
- Recognize the use of flashback in a story.
- Demonstrate understanding of the importance of thesis statements and an ability to clearly define them.
- Analyze the importance of research when writing nonfiction about historical events.
- Define, organize, and select the tone of a topic.
Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills
- Recognize the characteristics of a poem.
- Analyze the structure of poetry.
- Analyze rhythmic patterns in poetic form.
- Identify various traditional poetic forms.
- Describe the use of tone and imagery in verse.
- Recognize concepts of craft and art and how they differ when writing poetry.
- Critique a poem for content and style, specifically analyzing the impact of enjambment and repetition in poetry.
Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills
- Define the importance of drama as a live (or living) art.
- Demonstrate use of different kinds of conflict when writing a dramatic work.
- Analyze the risks and benefits of writing using a nonrealistic approach to drama, and review literary examples to demonstrate this.
- Recognize the importance of making characters memorable.
- Analyze how to create a scene outline.
- Develop a dramatic scene and use comedy as a relief in serious work.
*This course is textbook free.