Classes will be interactive and will incorporate a variety of approaches and activities— lectures, in-class instruction, close critical readings, guest lecturers, and a weekly series of writing workshops. The directed workshops are the core of the course and provide a forum for students to experience a variety of creative writing forms and to work towards the honing and perfection of any two pieces of creative writing. The content of classes will be partly directed by the interests and project ideas students bring to the course, but will be governed by the following general pattern:
What is creative writing. The history of writing. The history and current state of creative writing.
The Modern Writer and The Modern World
Reading; research; form and content. Orality and literacy, forms of modern literacy.
The story and the storyteller
Stories and structure. The writer as storyteller. Traditional story structures.
Non-Fiction writing, exploring contemporary ideas about non-fiction and factual writing.
Traditional poetic forms. Poetry and technology. Poems and Media.
The storyteller and the screen.
Story structures for screens. Types of screen and types of screen based writing. The literary and the ludic.
Traditional and evolving literary forms.
Definitions; variations; contexts; research.
The contemporary writer and creative communications.
Personal websites; blogging; social media presence for the writer
Editing and Submitting
Proofing and re-writing for publication; competitions; magazines; finding publishers; self-publishing.
Publication of DBS Creative Writing Book and Companion website.