Creative Writing I – Poetry
In this class students read, recognize, understand, and create poetry. After familiarizing themselves with a variety of celebrated texts, students use these as models for writing poetry with similar form and content. Students study the vocabulary of poetry and poetic elements, and use free verse, ballads, haiku, picture poems, sonnets, and others as models for creative inspiration. They practice identifying rhyme, rhythm, and other poetic elements, and practice incorporating those methods in their own poetry.
Students establish a process of writing by maintaining works in progress as inspired by classroom exercises, prompts, games, activities, visualizations, dream journals, paintings, and film. Students frequently share both working drafts and finished pieces in class. At the end of the course, students compile and share a portfolio of their work.
Creative Writing II – Short Story
This course focuses on the writing of short stories. Using classic and contemporary short stories from many genres students examine how various types of stories are constructed. Students write several short stories and one long short story. Two pieces will be developed and polished for their archival portfolio.
Creative Writing III – Screenwriting
Using classic and acclaimed films and screenplays, students will learn formatting techniques and film analysis, then begin the process of exploring stories and characters for their screenplays. These become subjects for exercises and scene studies and are workshopped and critiqued by the class. Students will outline a project, write a pilot (or 1st Act), and shoot a brief segment of their work to practice developing the visual language required for this medium.
Young Adult Contemporary Literature
This course is an introduction to contemporary Young Adult Literature. It is a reading intensive course, but students will have the opportunity to self-select their books from a wide array of current YA titles from multiple genres (fantasy, sci fi, realistic fiction, historical fiction, poetic narrative, etc.) and diverse authors representing a range of identities, genders, ethnicities and social classes. Students will evaluate, discuss and write about texts using contemporary technologies and/or digital media to compose interactive discourse. This course will include a general overview of the history of YA literature, YA book awards and banned books.