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Course Title

English Through Creative Writing

    Course Code


    No. of Units


    Offering Department

Language Centre

    Aims & Objectives

This course aims to introduce students to strategies for stimulating creativity, and to the skills and methods associated with writing fiction and poetry. The course will take students through the process of brainstorming, writing, editing, and revising one’s own fiction and poetry, as well as editing and commenting on the fiction and poetry of others. Special emphasis will be paid to the implications of word choice and grammatical structure, and on reading aloud to catch grammatical errors and to improve pronunciation and vocal projection. Through this course, students will grow in confidence in their ability to create a fictional world and share that world with others through their written and oral performance.

    Course content

  • Stimulating creativity (3 hours)

  • Poetry writing techniques and literary devices (12 hours)

  • Creating emotionally real characters through dialogue (3 hours)

  • POV – Voices and degrees of knowing (3 hours)

  • Plot and plot structure -- providing problems without ideal solutions (6 hours)

  • Setting and sensations -- where your characters are located in time, place and reality (3 hours)

  • Editing and revising – getting and giving feedback; word-choice and grammatical structure (6 hours)

  • Reading – sharing your poems and stories with others; practicing enunciation and vocal projection (6 hours)

    Course Intended Learning outcomes (CILOs)


By the end of the course, students should be able to:


Generate ideas and write poems and short stories;


Discuss, revise, edit and format their creative work;


Present their work orally and critique their own performance.

    Teaching & Learning Activities (TLAs)

    CILO No.


    CILO 1

      1. The instructor will provide concepts relating to poetry-writing and short-story writing and teach students how to use writing exercises to explore these concepts.

    CILO 1, 3

      1. Students will also read poems and sections of short stories aloud, and discuss their meaning and the literary devices used.

    CILO 1

      1. Students will generate ideas and write their own poems, such as: found poems, communal poems, acrostic poems, list poems, haikus, cinquains, and rhyming poems.

    CILO 2

      1. Throughout the poetry unit, students will use a writing journal to develop three of their own poems around a certain theme. Writing journals will also be used in the short story writing portion of the unit to aid in description of character and setting, as well as to journal the discovery process.

    CILO 2

      1. Students will show their creative works (i.e. poems and short stories) at different stages of the writing process to their editing partners and receive feedback appropriate to that stage of writing.

    CILO 2

      1. Students will record their creative works aloud and then listen to the recording while following their text in order to hear how their words sound and edit accordingly.

    CILO 3

      1. The instructor will discuss techniques involved in oral presentations, particularly the issue of pacing, enunciation and vocal projection. Students will practice reading poems and stories and will present their own poems and short stories.

    Assessment Methods (AMs) (100% Coursework-Based)

Type of



CILOs to be


Description of Assessment Tasks

Story assignment



Students will complete two 800-1200 word stories, incorporating elements of character, plot, setting, theme and other concepts taught in the course.

Poetry assignment



Students will write two in-class poems using different styles on a similar theme, paying particular attention to lexical choice and syntactic expression. They will also choose one of the poems they created outside of class and write a 300-word reflection based on their writing journal about the stages of development of their poem.

Poetry and story reading



Students will read their poems and stories aloud, with special focus on enunciation and vocal projection, and then analyze their own performances (based on a recording of their reading) in written reflections of 100-200 words (one reflection for each performance).

Story editing



Students will provide detailed editing suggestions on a classmate’s manuscript on the first draft, second draft, and third draft of the short story

In-class participation



In class discussion will encourage, reward and assess students’ active contributions in the classroom

    Textbooks / Recommended readings

Anderson, Linda. (ed). (2006). Creative Writing: A Workbook with Readings. Abingdon: Routledge in association with the Open University.

Bell, Madison. (2000). Narrative Design: Working with Imagination, Craft, and Form. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.

Browne, Renni and King, Dave. (2004). Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print (2nd edition). New York: Harper Paperbacks.

Cameron, Julia. (2001). The Writer's Life: Insights from The Right to Write. Los Angeles: Tarcher.

Cleaver, Jerry. (2005). Immediate Fiction: A Complete Writing Course. New York: St. Martin's Griffin.

Egri, Lajos. (1960). The Art of Dramatic Writing. New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Goldberg, Natalie.(1990). Wild Mind: Living the Writer's Life. U.S.A: Bantam.

Hemley, Robin. (2006). Turning Life into Fiction. U.S.A: Graywolf Pres.

McClanahan, Rebecca. (1999). Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively. Ohio: Writer’s Digest Books.

Perry, Susan. (1999). Writing in Flow. Ohio: Writer’s Digest Books.

Sanger, Keith. (2000). The Language of Fiction. New York: Routledge.

Toolan, Michael. (1998). Language in Literature: An Introduction to Stylistics. New York: Hodder Headline Group.

Course Syllabus (updated September 16th, 2011)

(Class) Date

TLAs and In-class Summative assessments

Formative assessments

Summative Assessments Due

(1) Sept. 2


Personal Data Form

Writing Exercise

Course syllabus &

Class expectations

List poems

Communal (List) poems

Autobiography + life on a graph

Class notebook

Poem-writing – 3 poems (find a them)

In class participation

(2) Sept. 9

Pre-test Reading Aloud

Rhyming poems

Sensory description

Acrostic Poems


Writing Journal

Poem-writing in writing journal

Select poem to read aloud

In class participation

(3) Sept. 16

Discuss assignment and assessment for poetry performance

Practice poetry performance

Found poems


Poem writing in writing journal

In class participation

(4) Sept. 23

Poetry performance – CILO 3

Discuss assessment for poetry performance analysis

Discuss assignment and assessment for in-class poetry writing

Metaphor poems

Poem writing in writing journal

In class participation

(5) Sept. 30

In-class poetry writing assessment (CILO 1)

Discuss assignment for poetry and reflection assessment

Story Ideas

In class participation

(6) Oct. 7

Character Development

Dialogue mechanics

Character description analysis

Character dialogue

-Poetry performance analysis due (CILO 3)

In class participation

(7) Oct. 14

Setting development


Setting analysis

Story Draft #1

In class participation

-Reflection on Poetry Writing Process Due (CILO 3)

-Poem due (CILO 1)

(8) Oct. 21

WOAR in scene development

Writer in the classroom

Story Draft #2

In class participation

(9) Oct. 28

Plot Arc

Peer-Editing for WOAR

Story Draft #3

(10) Nov. 4

Peer Editing for Character and Plot

Writer in the classroom

Story Draft #4

In class participation

(11) Nov. 11

Editing for Mechanics

Story Draft #5

In class participation

(12) Nov. 18

Story Writing Assessment – in class

Practice Story Reading

In class participation

(13) Nov. 25

Story Reading Assessment – CILO 3


In class participation

Turn in out-of-class story for assessment – Nov. 25th

Story Reading analysis – Due December 2

Peer Editing Analysis – Due Sept. 2


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