Modern Languages & Literature

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Creative Writing Minor

Creative Writing Minor

The Creative Writing Minor at California Baptist University offers a variety of writing workshops designed to develop students’ personal voices, writing techniques, and expression of personal worldview. These workshops challenge students to critically engage the works of published authors and peers, refine their own written work, and explore avenues for public expression and publication.

At CBU, students will be part of a close-knit writing community that offers feedback, support and constructive criticism as they refine their craft and work to express both their personal worldview and universal themes in a variety of genres and formats. Students within the minor are encouraged to participate in CBU’s Creative Writing Club and annual creative writing contest.

Courses include workshops in fiction, poetry, magazine writing, screenwriting, scripting writing, and creative non-fiction, and special topics are offered based on student and faculty interests.

Program Design and Career Opportunities

The Creative Writing Minor is designed to be a flexible addition to any major offered at CBU and offers students a chance to develop skills attractive to graduate schools and perspective employers. Students may continue on to a Master’s in Fine Arts program or pursue careers in the writing. Students who wish to pursue careers in other fields will find that the Creative Writing Minor better equips them to communicate their ideas in both their chosen fields and their personal lives.

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Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Creative Writing Minor should demonstrate competency in the following areas by being able to:

  • Recognize and understand elements from multiple genres (poetry, fiction, drama, and non-fiction).
  • Incorporate an organized strategy of literary elements within their own writing.
  • Articulate and appraise the relationship between voice and worldview in peer, personal, and published writing.
  • Contribute to a writer’s community through collaborative critique and workshop.
  • Synthesize a variety of revisionary techniques and critiques into personal creative writing.
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Lower Division Requirements

ENG273 Intro to Creative Writing

ENG273 Intro to Creative Writing

This college level writing course is designed to introduce the creative writer to the literary genres, to encourage creativity, individuality, spontaneity and boldness for students in search of the writer within. The lecture/discussion is designed to encourage students to develop a writing voice and work toward a final project in one of the major genres. Prerequisite: ENG 123. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 ENG273-A A Dingman, Toni S. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex
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Spring 2015 ENG273-A A STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA
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Summer 2015 ENG273-A A STAFF, STAFF 05/04/2015 Monday, Wednesday 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM TBA
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Upper Division Requirements

ENG373 Intermediate Creative Writing

ENG373 Intermediate Creative Writing

A writing workshop designed to permit the student to study and practice one or more of the major forms: articles, short stories, novels, plays, and poems. Recommended for those working on, or desiring to begin, writing projects. Prerequisite: ENG 273. (3 units; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2015 ENG373-A A STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM TBA
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ENG473 Advanced Creative Writing

ENG473 Advanced Creative Writing

A writing workshop designed to permit the student to study and practice one or more of the major forms: articles, short stories, novels, plays, and poems. Recommended for those working on writing projects. A portfolio project is required. Prerequisite: ENG 373. (3 units; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2015 ENG473-A A STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Array Array - Array Instructor
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Upper Division Electives (9 Units)

Six (6)-Nine (9) units from the following

ENG384 Writing Fiction

ENG384 Writing Fiction

An intensive writing workshop designed to permit the student to study and practice fiction in various forms; articles, short stories, novels, etc. Prerequisite ENG123. (3 units; Fall odd years)

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ENG385 Writing Poetry

ENG385 Writing Poetry

This college course is an intensive workshop designed to encourage creativity in poetry. The class offers specific writing direction plus critical responses to students' works, both creative and analytical. Prerequisite: ENG123. (3 units; Fall even years)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 ENG385-A A Updegraff, Derek J. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex
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ENG411 Special Topics Creative Writing

ENG411 Special Topics Creative Writing

Focuses on different styles or aspects of creative writing each time offered-for example, creative non-fiction, storytelling, etc. See instructor for the topic currently to be studied. May be repeated once for credit with change in topic. Prerequisite: ENG123. (3 units; As offered)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 ENG411-A A Updegraff, Derek J. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM James Complex
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Three (3) units may be earned in the following electives

FLM301 Basic Screenwriting

FLM301 Basic Screenwriting

This course is an introduction to the basic principles of writing for the screen. The elements of theme, plot, character, and dialogue in dramatic writing for cinema will be studied. Students will learn how to construct screenplays by closely examining produced films, reading film scripts, and writing their own short screenplays. The course will provide a foundation in the basics of the three-act act structure, dramatic action, character arc, the revision process, and an introduction to the business of screenwriting. By the end of the semester, students will have produced and polished a twenty- to thirty-page screenplay for a short film suitable for production. Prerequisite: ENG 113 and FLM 105. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 FLM301-A A Eaton, Michael A. 09/02/2014 Monday 6:00 PM - 8:50 PM James Complex
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JRN350 Magazine Writing

JRN350 Magazine Writing

Development of versatile writing and research skills for selected print media, with emphasis on magazine article and newspaper feature, includes overview of magazine market. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring) ù¨†÷ã=*¢

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 JRN350-A A Chute, Katherine B. 09/02/2014 Thursday 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM James Complex
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THE424 Scriptwriting

THE424 Scriptwriting

A workshop in the practice of playwriting and screenwriting. Students are required to complete at least one play (or screenplay) in the course of the semester and to bring work-in-progress for regular discussion and criticism under the guidance of the instructor. Exercises to improve skills in writing creative dialogue, developing characters, and creative conflict and action will be part of the class work. Prerequisite: THE 232. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Spring even years)

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