Introduction to Creative Writing

Eric C. Schwerer, Introduction to Creative Writing, Fall 2018

Course Description

This course provides an introductory experience of how creative writers do what they do. You will be an artist who writes essays, short stories, and poems. You will also do a lot of reading. If that doesn’t interest you, please drop the class. Life is too short. But I hope you rise to the occasion!

I won’t lecture much, so things will go better for us if this course is centered on you and your classmates: your responses to what you’ve read, your ideas and questions, your writing.

I want to help you discover some great writers and to experience the liberating, creative struggle of trying to write something that hasn’t been written before, something that makes us all feel more alive.

Required Texts:

• an @pitt.edu email account which you check regularly for communiati0ns from me
• access to a printer (I will send you some files via email which you are required to print; and you will be required to print multiple copies of your creative work for workshop)
• a fail-safe way to back-up all your work in at least two locations; for example, your computer’s hard drive and cloud storage (such as Box, available for free through my.pitt.edu)
• paper and pen for in-class writing and notetaking (and hopefully journaling outside of class time!)

Syllabus: 

Eric C. Schwerer, Introduction to Creative Writing, Fall 2018

Course Description

This course provides an introductory experience of how creative writers do what they do. You will be an artist who writes essays, short stories, and poems. You will also do a lot of reading. If that doesn’t interest you, please drop the class. Life is too short. But I hope you rise to the occasion!

I won’t lecture much, so things will go better for us if this course is centered on you and your classmates: your responses to what you’ve read, your ideas and questions, your writing.

I want to help you discover some great writers and to experience the liberating, creative struggle of trying to write something that hasn’t been written before, something that makes us all feel more alive.

Required Texts:

• an @pitt.edu email account which you check regularly for communiati0ns from me
• access to a printer (I will send you some files via email which you are required to print; and you will be required to print multiple copies of your creative work for workshop)
• a fail-safe way to back-up all your work in at least two locations; for example, your computer’s hard drive and cloud storage (such as Box, available for free through my.pitt.edu)
• paper and pen for in-class writing and notetaking (and hopefully journaling outside of class time!)

Syllabus: 

Eric C. Schwerer, Introduction to Creative Writing, Fall 2018

Course Description

This course provides an introductory experience of how creative writers do what they do. You will be an artist who writes essays, short stories, and poems. You will also do a lot of reading. If that doesn’t interest you, please drop the class. Life is too short. But I hope you rise to the occasion!

I won’t lecture much, so things will go better for us if this course is centered on you and your classmates: your responses to what you’ve read, your ideas and questions, your writing.

I want to help you discover some great writers and to experience the liberating, creative struggle of trying to write something that hasn’t been written before, something that makes us all feel more alive.

Required Texts:

• an @pitt.edu email account which you check regularly for communiati0ns from me
• access to a printer (I will send you some files via email which you are required to print; and you will be required to print multiple copies of your creative work for workshop)
• a fail-safe way to back-up all your work in at least two locations; for example, your computer’s hard drive and cloud storage (such as Box, available for free through my.pitt.edu)
• paper and pen for in-class writing and notetaking (and hopefully journaling outside of class time!)

Syllabus: 

Eric C. Schwerer, Introduction to Creative Writing, Fall 2018

Course Description

This course provides an introductory experience of how creative writers do what they do. You will be an artist who writes essays, short stories, and poems. You will also do a lot of reading. If that doesn’t interest you, please drop the class. Life is too short. But I hope you rise to the occasion!

I won’t lecture much, so things will go better for us if this course is centered on you and your classmates: your responses to what you’ve read, your ideas and questions, your writing.

I want to help you discover some great writers and to experience the liberating, creative struggle of trying to write something that hasn’t been written before, something that makes us all feel more alive.

Required Texts:

• an @pitt.edu email account which you check regularly for communiati0ns from me
• access to a printer (I will send you some files via email which you are required to print; and you will be required to print multiple copies of your creative work for workshop)
• a fail-safe way to back-up all your work in at least two locations; for example, your computer’s hard drive and cloud storage (such as Box, available for free through my.pitt.edu)
• paper and pen for in-class writing and notetaking (and hopefully journaling outside of class time!)

Syllabus: 

Marissa K. Landrigan, Introduction to Creative Writing, Fall 2018

Course Description:

This course offers students an introductory study of the written arts. Through the close reading of modern and contemporary texts and guided experimentation in a variety of genres (e.g. Poetry, fiction, drama, and creative nonfiction), students will examine, explore, and discuss the creative process.

What You’ll Need   

● What It Is by Lynda Barry 
● Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories by Mari Naomi (print or ebook are fine, as long as you can have them with you in the classroom)
● A composition notebook (I got you)
● Various arts + crafts + school supplies: crayons, colored pencils, drawing pens, coloring books,  glue sticks, tape, scissors, construction paper, yarn, post-­it notes, and whatever else you need to  feel crafty and creative like you did in elementary school.  

Syllabus: 

Marissa K. Landrigan, Introduction to Creative Writing, Fall 2018

Course Description:

This course offers students an introductory study of the written arts. Through the close reading of modern and contemporary texts and guided experimentation in a variety of genres (e.g. Poetry, fiction, drama, and creative nonfiction), students will examine, explore, and discuss the creative process.

What You’ll Need   

● What It Is by Lynda Barry 
● Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories by Mari Naomi (print or ebook are fine, as long as you can have them with you in the classroom)
● A composition notebook (I got you)
● Various arts + crafts + school supplies: crayons, colored pencils, drawing pens, coloring books,  glue sticks, tape, scissors, construction paper, yarn, post-­it notes, and whatever else you need to  feel crafty and creative like you did in elementary school.  

Syllabus: 

Marissa K. Landrigan, Introduction to Creative Writing, Fall 2018

Course Description:

This course offers students an introductory study of the written arts. Through the close reading of modern and contemporary texts and guided experimentation in a variety of genres (e.g. Poetry, fiction, drama, and creative nonfiction), students will examine, explore, and discuss the creative process.

What You’ll Need   

● What It Is by Lynda Barry 
● Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories by Mari Naomi (print or ebook are fine, as long as you can have them with you in the classroom)
● A composition notebook (I got you)
● Various arts + crafts + school supplies: crayons, colored pencils, drawing pens, coloring books,  glue sticks, tape, scissors, construction paper, yarn, post-­it notes, and whatever else you need to  feel crafty and creative like you did in elementary school.  

Syllabus: 

Bethany Goch, Introduction to Creative Writing, Spring 2018

Course Description:

This course offers students an introductory study of the written arts. Through the close reading of modern and contemporary texts and guided experimentation in a variety of genres (e.g. poetry, fiction, drama, and creative nonfiction), students will examine, explore, and discuss the creative process.

You will be asked to read and write every class, respond to the work of published authors as well as your peers, think critically about the formal components of the genres of creative writing, thoughtfully draft and revise your own work, and, most importantly, think of yourself as a writer.

Text:

Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft, Burroway, 4th edition

Eric C. Schwerer, Introduction to Creative Writing, Spring 2018

Course Description

This course provides as introductory experience of how creative writers do what they do. You will be an
artist who writes essays, short stories, poems, and one act plays. You will also do a lot of reading.
I won’t lecture much, so things will go better for us if this course is centered on you and your classmates: your writings, your responses to what you’ve read, your ideas and questions. If that doesn’t interest you, please drop the class. Life is too short. But I hope you rise to the occasion! I want to help you discover some great writers and to experience the liberating, creative struggle of trying to write something that hasn’t been written before, something that makes us all feel more alive.

Required Texts:

• Imaginative Writing, Janet Burroway, FOURTH EDITION
• an @pitt.edu email account you check regularly for communiati0ns from me
• reliable access to a computer with a printer (I will send you numerous handouts and readings via email
attachments which you will be required to print and bring to class)
• a fail-safe way to back-up all your work; “back-up” means daily saving of material in at least two locations;
for example, your computer’s hard drive and a cloud storage such as Google Drive (included with a free Google account) or Box (available through my.pitt.edu and free with your tuition); you might even use USB drives or external hard drives to triple back-up!

Eric C. Schwerer, Introduction to Creative Writing, Fall 2017

Course Description

This course provides as introductory experience of how creative writers do what they do. You will be an
artist who writes essays, short stories, poems, and one act plays. You will also do a lot of reading.
I won’t lecture much, so things will go better for us if this course is centered on you and your classmates: your writings, your responses to what you’ve read, your ideas and questions. If that doesn’t interest you, please drop the class. Life is too short. But I hope you rise to the occasion! I want to help you discover some great writers and to experience the liberating, creative struggle of trying to write something that hasn’t been written before, something that makes us all feel more alive.

Required Texts:

• Imaginative Writing, Janet Burroway, FOURTH EDITION
• an @pitt.edu email account you check regularly for communiati0ns from me
• reliable access to a computer with a printer (I will send you numerous handouts and readings via email
attachments which you will be required to print and bring to class)
• a fail-safe way to back-up all your work; “back-up” means daily saving of material in at least two locations;
for example, your computer’s hard drive and a cloud storage such as Google Drive (included with a free Google account) or Box (available through my.pitt.edu and free with your tuition); you might even use USB drives or external hard drives to triple back-up!

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