Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction and Essay
This workshop-style class is an introduction to the pleasures of writing prose, both fiction and nonfiction. Students will read essays and short stories from a wide variety of genres, forms, and traditions, and respond with their own essays and short stories. They will also learn how to generate brand-new material, discuss fiction and nonfiction texts in a critical way, and access the fount of creativity within themselves. We will talk about the craft of writing, and will perform periodic in-class exercises. No prior creative writing experience is necessary, but students must be willing to participate, revise their work, take risks, and be generous with themselves and others.