Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Course Description

GLS 555 - Playful Prompts: Finding Your Form

Instructor: Ashley Hudson


Whether students are new to creative writing or looking to experiment in unfamiliar forms, this course will tour students through a variety of creative writing forms through playful prompts and juxtapositions of an assortment of mediums. Prompts and exercises result in brief works of creative writing such as found poetry, prose poetry, microfiction, personal/research hybrid essay, and hybrid fiction. Overall, the goal is to experiment in forms of creative writing through experimentation. Prompts eliminate the dreaded anxiety of the blank page and offer a writer spontaneous and surprising content, resulting in the discovery of possibilities within varying forms of writing. This is a 15-week online course with weekly reading, composition, and peer review/work-sharing objectives. The course will culminate in a final portfolio and a reflective self-evaluation essay. No previous creative writing experience necessary.

Required books:

Microfiction: An Anthology of Really Short Stories edited by Jerome Stern; ISBN 978-0-393-31432-8 (available at UNCW bookstore)

Online Readings: Please see our course website for online readings.

The Canvas course will be made available no later than the first day of classes. Please see the UNCW Academic Calendar for important dates.

Other Required Course Materials:

Reliable access to a computer with uninterrupted connection to the Internet

Microsoft Word


Updated: March 20, 2019