Academic Calendar

CRWR – Creative Writing

CRWR 295
Introduction to Creative Writing
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course introduces students to writing in three genres. Usually, these will be literary nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, but at the discretion of the instructor, play/scriptwriting may substitute for one of these. Students build on the writing and analytical skills developed in first-year university English courses and learn about creative writing by both reading literature and attempting to write it. They analyze work by established writers, learn about the nature of creativity, and practice the craft of writing. They examine and employ common structures used by creative writers, learn and experience the fact that revision is the core of successful creative writing, and develop a broader understanding and appreciation for literature through their attempts to write it. Note: This course is restricted to students in degree programs.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in 6 credits of 100 level University English except ENGL 108, ENGL 111 and ENGL 199.

CRWR 394
Writing Character
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This creative writing course focuses on the importance and evocation of character and identity. By comparing character-driven literature, particularly that which features a “Prairie” or “Canadian” identity against international works, students examine the work of established writers known for their particular use of character and learn how to effectively evoke their own characters, whether modeled from life or wholly of the imagination. Students examine the history of character in literature and the different ways it has been and is currently used: to evoke atmosphere, metaphor, theme. By specifically creating and modelling their own characters on the great characters of literature, both domestically and abroad, students come to understand how the familiar, the ordinary, the personal can be made transcendent and universal, and how this is a crucial element in all writing.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in CRWR 295 or ENGL 295.

CRWR 395
Writing Poetry
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

CRWR 395 is an introductory course in the art of writing poetry. Students are expected to read widely, to apply poetic theory to their own work, and to write poems in a variety of genres. This course is conducted as a workshop in which students' original work is the basis for class discussion.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in CRWR 295 or in ENGL 295.

CRWR 397
Writing a Sense of Place: Setting
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This creative writing course focuses on the importance of setting and the evocation of "place." By comparing literature in which setting is central, particularly that set on the Prairies against international works, students examine the work of established writers known for their particular use of setting, and learn how their own landscapes can be translated into evocative literature, how the seemingly mundane can be made exotic, just as the exotic can be made mundane. Students examine the history of setting in literature and the different ways it has been and is currently used: as scenery, atmosphere, character, metaphor, theme. By specifically exploring Prairie literature in the wider context of world literature, students come to understand how all writers evoke a sense of place and why it is a crucial element in all writing. Most importantly, students discover that their own "unexotic" landscapes are just as potentially rich and unique as anywhere else in the world.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in CRWR 295 or in ENGL 295.

CRWR 399
Writing Literary Non-Fiction
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course introduces students to the area of non-fiction prose writing sometimes known as "literary non-fiction" or "literary journalism" or even "creative non-fiction." A good literary non-fiction piece is more than just a reporting of facts (though it does involve careful, thorough research that may include interviewing). Literary non-fiction, unlike most other genres of non-fiction, harnesses narrative rhythm and structure. The literary non-fiction writer is free to give expression to a distinctive style, and to interpret the meaning of events from his or her own narrative perspective. Students practice prose writing skills of this sort, read the works of major twentieth century practitioners, and learn about existing venues for publication of literary non-fiction. Over the semester, each student writes and revises a feature-length non-fiction article of his or her own.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in CRWR 295 or in ENGL 295.

CRWR 404
Further Studies in Creative Writing
3 Credits          Weekly (0-0-3)

This workshop course gives students an opportunity to expand their abilities as creative writers. Students write in an assigned genre such as poetry, the short story, narrative non-fiction, play-writing, or the graphic novel, working independently to develop and strengthen their creative writing skills and techniques. Students should be prepared to submit several pieces of their own work for group discussion over the term and to prepare at least one piece for possible publication. By the end of the course, every student should have a substantial portfolio.

Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C- in 12 credits of 200 or 300-level university courses, including ENGL 295 or CRWR 295, and the consent of the department.