Introduction to Creative Writing and Journalism

Have you ever wondered how to tell a story or write a poem that will entertain or move another person? Have you considered how a reporter crafts a compelling news story? The goal for this semester-length course is to expose students to different methods of creative and journalistic writing, and introduce the basic techniques needed to write effective short stories, poems, news features, and opinion articles. Students read examples of all these forms of content, discuss the challenges of each form, and then try their hands at a variety of pieces. Students read commentary about writing by renowned creative writers and journalists and discuss what it means to be a professional writer. Students produce a portfolio of selected and revised writings as the culminating project for the course. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.