Courses

The creative writing faculty at IU East offer courses in a variety of topics including (depending on the semester) fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and literary editing. These courses alternate between face-to-face classes and online classes.

W206 – Introduction to Creative Writing.  Exploratory course in the writing of poetry and/or fiction. Offered fall, spring, and occasional summer semesters.

W301 – Writing Fiction.  Exploration in the art and craft of writing fiction.

W303 – Writing Poetry.  Exploration in the art and craft of writing poetry.

W311 – Writing Creative Nonfiction.  Writing workshop in such modes as personal essay, autobiography, and documentary. Course focuses on understanding and practicing the rhetorical and stylistic choices available to writers of creative nonfiction: options for structure, pacing, language, style, tone, detail, description, authorial presence and voice, etc. Online.

W280 — Literary Editing and Publishing.  Principles of editing and publishing literary writing. Kinds of journals, varieties of formats (including print and e-zine), introduction to editing and production processes. Possible focus on genre publishing (fiction, poetry, non-fiction prose), grant writing, Web publishing, etc. Face to face.

W401 – Advanced Fiction Writing.  Focused work in the art and profession of fiction writing. May be repeated once for credit.

W403 – Advanced Poetry Writing.  Focused work in the art and profession of poetry writing. May be repeated once for credit.

W405 – Writing Prose-Nonfiction.  Variable topics relating to the production of non-fiction prose. Includes an intensive written project that may involve research as well as production of essays.

W411 — Senior Seminar in Creative Writing. This is structured as an independent study, where a student will work one-on-one with a faculty member. Students may contact the faculty member with whom they would like to work or may work with their advisor or the chair of the English department to identify an appropriate match. Course content focuses on advanced study of craft and theory. Attention is given to locating one’s work in relation to other writers, engaging with the broader community and/or environment as a creative writer, writing about the experiences of others, researching and submitting work to publication venues and otherwise beginning to position oneself within the profession. Students are required to complete W411 during their senior year prior to graduation.

We also offer fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction courses at the graduate level. Check out IU East’s current schedule of classes for the latest details!

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