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Creative Writing Course Outline/Mr. Austin, Room 152

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Creative Writing Course Outline/Mr. Austin, Room 152,

Creative writing is writing that expresses the writer's thoughts and feelings in an imaginative, often unique, and poetic way. Creative writing is guided more by the writer's need to express feelings and ideas than by the restrictive demands of factual and logical progression of expository writing (Expository writing is writing that is designed to convey information or explain what is difficult to understand).

In Creative Writing we will read short stories, excerpts from novels and scenes from plays. The stories will require class discussion and written assignments. The purpose of reading this literature is to learn to appreciate well-written stories, to understand the elements of fiction and to explore the possibilities of creative writing.

Some of stories we will read are

  • “Hansel and Gretel” by Brothers Grimm

  • “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson

  • “The Year of Spaghetti” by Haruki Murakami

  • “The Blue Carbuncle” by Arthur Conan Doyle

  • “War” by Luigi Pirandello

  • “The Pigman and Me” By Paul Zindel

  • “Light Breathing” by Ivan Bunin

  • “September 3, 1919” by Karen Hesse

  • Dracula by Bram Stoker (excerpt)

  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (excerpt)

  • “Eleven” By Sandra Cisneros

  • “Joshua” by Walter Dean Myers

  • “The Hunger Artist” by Frans Kafka

  • Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs (excerpt)

  • “Hearts and Hands” by O. Henry

  • “The Ransom of Red Chief” by O. Henry

  • “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe First Person

  • Crime and Punishment By Fydor Dostoyevsky (excerpt)

  • The Color Purple By Maya Angelou (excerpt)

  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll(excerpt)

  • Holes by Louis Sachar (novel)

  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (novel)

Students will write three original stories:

Story #1 Written in the First Person, realistic, due Oct. 12, 2009
Story #2 Written in the Third Person, any genre, due Nov. 20, 2009
Story #3 Written in First or Third Person, any genre, due Jan.27, 2010

This process will require

  1. Brainstorming story ideas

  2. Creating character sketches

  3. Outlining the story

  4. Critiquing the outlines

  5. Writing a rough first draft

  6. Reading first drafts

  7. Teacher & Peer critique of first draft

  8. Writing a second draft.

  9. Reading the second draft to the class

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