Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Course Description

GLS 592: The Craft of Creative Writing

Instructor: Ashley Hudson

"Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style."

--Kurt Vonnegut

"Listen, then make up your own mind."

--Gay Talese

In this course, students will study the craft elements of three genres of creative writing: fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Students will read a selection of successful examples of writing from each genre and write their own creative works, exhibiting craft elements discussed in class. In addition to the bulk of the coursework, which will be reading and writing, students will workshop one another's original work in class for each genre. Students will be asked to lead discussions on course readings. The semester will culminate with the production of a final portfolio of the student's revised work across all genres and a brief aesthetic essay. Published writers may visit and share their work with the class, and assignments may include attendance at public readings.

Required texts, if any, will be announced on the syllabus and will be available at the UNCW bookstore. Some course materials will be provided on Blackboard.

Last Update: September 12,2014