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Program Director Laraine Herring (928) 776-2266
Instructional Specialist Michelle Peters (928) 776-2035
Dean Jill Fitzgerald (928) 776-2277

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About the Creative Writing Certificate

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Creative Writing Certificate program, the learner will be able to:

 

  1. Use a variety of approaches to generate ideas for creative writing. (All courses in the program)
  2. Write creative work in a minimum of two genres. (All courses in the program)
  3. Analyze, evaluate and critique one's own writing and the writing of others. (All courses in the program)
  4. Identify resources and markets available to the creative writer. (CRW 139, CRW 140, CRW 141, CRW 142, CRW 143, CRW 250, CRW 251, CRW 252, CRW 295)
 

Program-Specific Requirements

Course Course Title Hours
Select 6 credit hours from the following courses:
CRW139 Intro to Creative Writing

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
CRW 139. Introduction to Creative Writing (3). Techniques in writing, evaluating, and critiquing poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency. Includes writing a documented analysis. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Analysis of literary and student texts
2. Elements of poetry (e.g. specific language, imagery, sound devices)
3. Elements of fiction and creative non-fiction (e.g. plot, viewpoint, characterization)
4. Methods of critiquing and revising
5. Workshop methodology for creative writing
6. Sources and documentation

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Analyze and evaluate literary and student texts. (1-5)
2. Identify and apply poetic elements (e.g. specific language, imagery, sound devices) (1,2)
3. Identify and apply elements of fiction and creative non-fiction (e.g. plot, viewpoint, characterization). (1,3)
4. Critique and revise personal writing. (4)
5. Use workshop process. (5)
6. Apply research methods and effectively integrate, synthsize and document sources in written work. (1-6)

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CRW140 Short Story Writing

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
CRW 140. Short Story Writing (3). Beginning techniques used in writing fiction, focusing on the short story. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Elements of fiction writing (e.g., plot, viewpoint, characterization)
2. Close reading of literary and student texts
3. Methods of crafting, critiquing and revising short stories

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Identify and apply elements of fiction (e.g. plot, viewpoint, characterization). (1)
2. Analyze and evaluate literary and student texts. (2)
3. Write, critique and revise own writing. (3)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. Minimum of 5,000 words monitored writing

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CRW141 Intro to Poetry Writing

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
CRW 141. Introduction to Poetry Writing (3). Beginning techniques used for writing poetry. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Elements of poetry writing (e.g., imagery, stanza, internal rhyme, alliteration, consonance)
2. Close reading of literary and student texts
3. Methods of crafting, critiquing and revising poetry

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Identify and apply elements of poetry (e.g., imagery, stanza, internal rhyme, alliteration, consonance). (1)
2. Analyze and evaluate literary and student texts. (2)
3. Write, critique and revise own poetry. (3)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. Minimum of five pieces (poems) of monitored writing.

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Select 6 credit hours from the following courses:
CRW142 Creative Nonfiction Writing

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
CRW 142. Creative Nonfiction Writing (3). Techniques in writing creative nonfiction, focusing on the personal essay and memoir. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Elements of creative nonfiction.
2. Close reading of literary and student texts
3. Methods of crafting, critiquing and revising creative nonfiction work
4. Markets and publishing resources

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Identify and apply elements of creative nonfiction. (1)
2. Analyze and evaluate literary and student texts. (2)
3. Write, critique and revise own creative nonfiction work. (3)
4. Identify potential markets and publishing resources. (4)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. Minimum of 5,000 words monitored writing.

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CRW143 Memoir Writing

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
CRW 143. Memoir Writing (3). Memoir writing, focusing on prewriting, analysis, evaluation, and revision of memoir. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Elements of memoir
2. Critical reading of literary and student texts
3. Methods of crafting, critiquing, and revising memoir essays and larger works

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Identify and apply elements of memoir. (1)
2. Analyze and evaluate literary and students texts. (2)
3. Write, critique and revise memoir pieces. (3)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. Minimum of 5,000 words monitored writing.

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CRW144 Writing and Healing

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
CRW 144. Writing and Healing (3). Writing to explore and heal the relationship to one's self and the outside world; emphasis on journal writing as a source and foundation for public writing. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Types and purposes of journals
2. Discovery and prewriting techniques
3. Published journals (e.g. Virginia Woolf, Anais Nin)
4. Narrative therapy techniques
5. Personal journal

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Identify types and purposes of journals. (1)
2. Use discovery and prewriting techniques for journal writing. (2)
3. Analyze published journals. (3)
4. Use narrative therapy techniques. (4)
5. Create a personal journal. (5)

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Select 3 credit hours from the following courses:
CRW249 Topics in CRW:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
CRW 249. Topics in Creative Writing: (3). Analysis, writing, and revision of element within fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. Three lecture. [Repeatable for a total of 6 credit hours towards degree/certificate requirements.]

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Primary element(s) of genre
2. The writing process: prewriting, drafting and revision technique
3. Professional work focused on the genre or element(s)
4. Workshop methodology for element(s) or genre

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Analyze and integrate the primary element(s) of genre. (1)
2. Use the writing process to draft and revise original work. (2)
3. Analyze professional work focused on the genre or element(s). (3)
4. Use workshop critique for improving student's own work and work of peers. (4)

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CRW295 Writers Wkshp:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
CRW 295. Writers Workshop: (3). Intensive study and application of effective strategies used by selected authors in various genres to promote, explore, raise questions about, or provide insight into specified themes. Three lecture. [Repeatable for a total of 6 credit hours towards degree/certificate requirements.]

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Methods of analyzing, evaluating and critiquing written work
2. Rhetorical strategies to effectively present theme
3. Techniques for revision
4. Methods for researching theme and genre

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Analyze, evaluate, and critique written work. (1)
2. Apply rhetorical strategies to effectively present theme. (2)
3. Apply revision techniques. (3)
4. Research theme and genre. (4)

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Select 3 credit hours from the following courses:
CRW250 Adv CRW: Poetry

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
CRW 250. Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry (3). Advanced techniques used for writing poetry. Prerequisite: CRW 139 or CRW 141. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Elements of poetry writing (e.g., imagery, stanza, internal rhyme, alliteration
2. Close reading of literary and student texts
3. Methods of crafting, critiquing and revising poetry
4. Markets

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Identify and apply elements of poetry (e.g., imagery, stanza, internal rhyme, alliteration, consonance). (1)
2. Analyze and evaluate literary and student texts. (2)
3. Write, critique and revise own poetry. (3)
4. Identify markets for poetry submission. (4)
5. Submit poetry for publication. (4)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
Minimum of 10 monitored poems.

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CRW251 Adv CRW: Creative Non-Fiction

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
CRW 251. Advanced Creative Writing: Creative Non-Fiction (3). Advanced techniques in writing creative nonfiction, with emphasis on personal essay and memoir. Prerequisite: CRW 139 or CRW 142 or CRW 143. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Elements of creative nonfiction
2. Close reading of literary and student texts
3. Methods of crafting, critiquing and revising creative nonfiction work
4. Markets and publishing resources

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Identify and apply elements of creative nonfiction. (1)
2. Analyze and evaluate literary and student texts. (2)
3. Write, critique and revise own creative nonfiction work. (3)
4. Identify potential markets and publishing resources. (4)
5. Submit work for publication. (4)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
10,000 words of monitored writing.

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CRW252 Adv CRW: Fiction

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
CRW 252. Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction (3). Advanced techniques used in writing fiction with emphasis on the short story. Prerequisite: CRW 139 or CRW 140 or CRW 255. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Elements of fiction writing (e.g., plot, viewpoint, characterization)
2. Close reading of literary and student texts
3. Methods of crafting, critiquing and revising short stories
4. Markets

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Identify and apply elements of fiction (e.g., plot, viewpoint, characterization). (1)
2. Analyze and evaluate literary and student texts. (2)
3. Write, critique and revise own writing. (3)
4. Identify markets for own writing. (4)
5. Submit work for publication. (4)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
10,000 words of monitored writing

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