Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Creative Writing I

 Title Abbreviation:   CREATIVE WRITING I

 Department:    ENGL&

 Course #:    236

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    230501

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

Helps to develop skills in writing fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry (emphasis to be determined by instructor). Students will read and discuss works by professional authors, compose original works, and participate in peer workshops.


Prerequisite: ENGL& 101 with a "C" or higher.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Humanities  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
CWU 212 OR 213
OTHER Elective credit-until evaluated except at UW
U of W T
WWU Not evaluated

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand elements of fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry.
    • Identify and explain elements of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry from writers from a variety of cultures and time periods.
  2. Demonstrate writing skills.
    • Compose and complete at least fifteen revised pages of original prose fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.
    • Revise and edit by applying effective techniques of the elements of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry and also standards of English usage.
    • Present work in appropriate format
    • Understand process for submission of work for publication.
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking/writing skills.
    • Apply understanding of fiction/nonfiction/poetry and related terms in workshop discussions of other student work and of professional writers representing different cultures and time periods.
    • Apply understanding of fiction/nonfiction/poetry in appropriate written comments on other student work.
    • Listen actively to assessment of their own work, evaluate those assessments critically, and use appropriate assessments in revision.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Plot and/or narrative action
  2. Character development
  3. Setting
  4. Point of view
  5. Rhyme and rhythm
  6. Elements specific to fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry
  7. Concrete details
  8. Dialogue
  9. Narrative time
  10. Voice and tone
  11. Diction