Instructor: Wattenberg M/W/F 9:05am – 10:00am
BoK: FA – Fine Arts; HU – Humanities
This course is designed for creative thinkers who like reading great literature and want to begin the process of becoming great writers. It will introduce you to the fundamentals of poetry with an emphasis on the creative process and revision. You’ll acquire the skills and terminology to discuss poems in terms of construction and craft, and begin to develop your own unique style and voice. Students will read a wide range of poems, and craft essays this semester, and develop your critical skills through close readings and discussion. The bulk of this course, however, is devoted to the development of your own creative habits. The best writers are always asking questions, reading everything they can get their hands on, making note of the moves and techniques that work well, and applying these strategies to their own work. You’ll keep process journals, do in-class writing exercises, write imitations, and participate in workshops of your own work and the work of your peers. There is much to learn, but your interest in this course demonstrates that you already have the most important ingredient: curiosity.