Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Creative Writing and Rewriting – Understand that writing involves knowledge of craft as well as creativity, and that rewriting is an integral part of the overall writing process involving a change in such elements as plot, conceit, tone, and numerous structural and stylistic aspects of craft.
  2. Language and Voice – Understand that a creative writer needs to have a strong command of the English language and be able to employ both formal and conversational modes of writing; understand that a writer must be technically proficient in grammar; and understand that the writer’s voice develops over time and involves the writer’s style, worldview, and personality.
  3. Essay Writing and Research – Be able to write and revise a well-organized essay and incorporate research from scholars in the appropriate literary and theoretical fields.
  4. Reading and Interpretation – Be able to read texts closely for form, aesthetics, content, genre, and historical significance; be able to articulate (in class discussion or through writing) textually-grounded interpretations of poems, short stories, novels, and creative essays.
  5. Writers’ Community – Contribute to a writers’ community by providing constructive feedback on peer writing in workshops, by attending and participating in campus creative writing readings, and by submitting writing to literary journals for publication.