Creative Writing Goals and Objectives

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					Creative Writing Goals and Objectives

3000 Level                                                                              3420   3430   3440
Integrate the formal vocabulary of fiction into their critiques of published and         X
peer writing.
Express reasonable, balanced opinions of peer writing, along with constructive           X      X      X
suggestions for revision.
Identify structural elements in published fiction.                                       X
Apply structural elements to their own fiction.                                          X
Experiment with narrative styles, points of view, and voice.                             X
Write clear, detailed, and precise language.                                             X      X      X
Develop characterization, plot, and setting in their own writing.                        X
Complete at least 15 pages of their own writing.                                         X
Develop the routine of revision.                                                         X      X      X
Analyze and evaluate the workings of a variety of contemporary and traditional                  X
poems.
Develop a basic understanding of the genre’s literary history, especially                X      X      X
important shifts in styles and themes.
Develop a basic understanding of the elements of poetry (language, detail, voice,               X
tone, literal and figurative imagery, rhythm, structure, theme, etc.)
Develop a basic understanding of the components of formal poetry (metrical feet,                X
feet, scansion, rhyme, etc.), traditional poem forms (epic, lyric, ode, sonnet,
epigram, etc.), and verse forms (blank verse, iambic pentameter, heroic couplet,
free verse, etc.).
Participate in large and small group workshops, presenting poems to workshop                    X
and responding to other poets’ work.
Complete 10 pages of poetry (revised, polished, audience-ready )                                X
Begin to develop a personal voice and style.                                             X      X      X
Analyze and evaluate multiple genres of creative nonfiction including memoir,                          X
personal essay, and literary nonfiction.
Identify literary devices that are central to creative nonfiction, including point of                  X
view, scene, summary, reflection, dialog, evidence, and imagery.
Implement literary devices in their own writing.                                                       X
Analyze and evaluate nonfiction texts in terms of craft through active                                 X
participation in a writing workshop.
Consider fundamental issues of aesthetics and ethics in nonfiction, including                          X
fictionalizing of events, recovered dialogue, etc.
Complete 35-45 pages of their own writing.                                                             X


4000 Level                                                                              4420   4430   4440
Develop a range of narrative voices.                                                     X
Provide detailed, well-supported peer critiques and suggestions for revision.            X      X      X
Expand knowledge of contemporary literary fiction, and stretch understanding             X
and appreciation for the diversity of the genre
Demonstrate mastery of structural elements of fiction.                                   X
Create a work suitable for submission to undergraduate journals and contests.            X
Complete at least 24 pages of their own writing.                                         X
Analyze and evaluate poems and critical writings of contemporary and traditional                X
poets.
Develop a basic understanding of the current forms, styles, and trends of                       X
contemporary poetry.
Develop a mastery of the elements of contemporary poetry (language, detail,                     X
voice, tone, literal and figurative imagery, rhythm, structure, theme, etc.)
4000 Level (continued)                                                                4420   4430   4440
Develop a personal voice and style both in writing and for presentation before a              X
live audience
Develop an understanding of the conventions of submitting poetry for publication              X
Complete 15 pages of poems ready-for-publication                                              X
Master in-depth approach to one or more forms within creative nonfiction, with a                     X
special emphasis on the braided essay (blending multiple narratives and
intellectual reflections).
Further develop in each of the goal-areas outlined for the Intro class but with                      X
expected performance at a higher level, such that the work produced in 4440 may
be circulated to undergraduate, regional and national literary venues for
consideration for publication.
Further advanced discussion of aesthetics and ethics in nonfiction, including                        X
more subtle considerations, such as collapsing timelines, cued fictionalizing, etc.
Complete 35-45 pages of their own writing.                                                           X



5000 Level                                                                                          5450
Analyze skills learned in the major                                                                  X
Investigate future careers                                                                           X
Contextualize their own creativity by investigating how it converges with exemplary others           X
Produce at least one creative work ready for publication                                             X
Complete at least 20 pages of their own writing                                                      X