Exploring Creative Writing

“Believe in yourself. Go ahead, see where it gets you.”

—Rita Dove

Calling all Ohio Wesleyan writers, all lovers of creative language, all tinkers of text: this class is newly developed and was designed especially with you in mind. Exploring Creative Writing is the ideal primer for underclassmen who are potential or non-majors seeking an immersive study and exploration of three distinct creative writing genres (literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) before enrolling in a single-genre workshop. The goal of this course is to help new Ohio Wesleyan creative writers self-identify and form a larger literary community here on campus while growing creatively as individuals. Throughout the course of the semester, students will read and study a wide variety of creative texts, develop and implement a critical vocabulary, and sharpen their critical thinking and editorial skills through workshopping their classmates’ manuscripts. Students will also simultaneously draft their own new creative material through exercises that target genre, certainly, but also point-of-view, form, voice, and structure. Students should expect to produce ample writing throughout the semester and share this work with others regularly in a formal workshop environment. Course work will culminate in a final portfolio comprised of revised drafts of all formal assignments, notes taken during workshop, and a thoughtful reflection on the revision process for each assignment.

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