Designed for students in the Master of Liberal Arts program, this introductory creative writing course focuses on fiction and poetry. You will benefit from in-depth readings and constructive critical support in a class that fosters a community of writers. During the first part of the semester, you will write a short story. In the second half, you will write poems. Some of each meeting will be devoted to mini-lectures on issues of craft and discussion of short stories or poems by established authors. Most of each class period will be dedicated to workshopping student work. Experimentation is encouraged. Revising your drafts and participating in class are vital. We will have some brief in-class writing exercises and a variety of homework assignments designed to help you generate and shape work. You will turn in one short story of about seven pages and packet of about six pages of poetry.