ENGL2130 Introduction to Creative Writing

This introductory course will provide a broad overview of creative writing. Students will become familiar with the contemporary conventions of various genres. Emphasis will be on two or more of the following: short stories, creative nonfiction, poetry, and plays. Students will study the work of published authors to learn about techniques employed by experienced writers and will complete short writing assignments that demonstrate a variety of creative writing techniques as well as a revised collection of creative work in the genre of their choice.




Qualifying score on writing assessment test OR ENGL1021 or ENGL1026 or ENGL1030 with a grade of "C" or better and Qualifying score on reading assessment test OR ENGL0921. Basic computer literacy skills required

Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Identify terms associated with creative writing
Recognize creative writing styles
Use figurative language
Use creative writing techniques in multiple genres
Identify similarities among creative writing genres
Identify differences between creative writing genres
Identify effects of creative writing techniques on audiences
Analyze structure in published works
Identify plot through the critical reading of texts
Apply editing techniques
Analyze the meaning of texts
Identify point of view

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

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Credit Details



MnTC Goal Areas:

1 & 6