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Creative Writing (CW) Courses

Lower Division

CW 201 WRITING CREATIVE NONFICTION (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Introduction to writing creative nonfiction. Close reading of creative nonfiction texts, creative nonfiction writing exercises, and discussion of student’s original creative nonfiction in a workshop setting. PREREQ: ENGL 102 or equivalent.

CW 202 WRITING POETRY (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Introduction to writing poetry. Close reading of poetry texts, poetry writing exercises, and discussion of student’s original poetry in a workshop setting. PREREQ: ENGL 102 or equivalent.

CW 203 WRITING FICTION (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Introduction to writing fiction. Close reading of fiction texts, fiction writing exercises, and discussion of student’s original fiction in a workshop setting. PREREQ: ENGL 102 or equivalent.

CW 215 THE ART OF THE SENTENCE (3-0-3)(F,S). Intensive study of the possibilities of English grammar in the context of creative nonfiction, poetry, and fiction, with particular attention to students’ own writing.

CW 222 THE WRITING LIFE (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). An exploration of the writer in society, both as artistic endeavor and profession. Students will be introduced to literary disciplines including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and writing for the stage and screen. PREREQ: ENGL 102 or equivalent.

CW 233 FUNDAMENTALS OF NARRATIVE (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). An introduction to the origins, evolution, theory, and practice of storytelling. PREREQ: ENGL 102 or equivalent.

CW 275 WRITING STUDIO (1-0-1)(F,S,SU). Intensive one-on-one study of selected creative writing discipline with faculty mentor. May be repeated twice for credit. PREREQ: ENGL 102 or equivalent.

Upper-Division

CW 301 INTERMEDIATE CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITING (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Exploration of genres of creative nonfiction with an emphasis on contemporary writers. Students will write original creative nonfiction and discuss it in a workshop format. May be repeated once for credit. PREREQ: CW 201 or ENGL 204.

CW 302 INTERMEDIATE POETRY WRITING (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Exploration of poetic technique and the study of how poets read and learn from other poets. Students will write original poetry and discuss it in a workshop format. May be repeated once for credit. PREREQ: CW 202.

CW 303 INTERMEDIATE FICTION WRITING (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Exploration of narrative technique, dialogue form, and the short story. Students will write original fiction and discuss it in a workshop format. May be repeated once for credit. PREREQ: CW 203.

CW 326 (ART 326)(ENGL 326) BOOK ARTS (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). A practical exploration of the history of books as conduits of meaning and as physical objects. Papermaking, typography, printing, binding, authorship, and contemporary bookworks will be examined on both theoretical and practical levels. Students produce a classroom edition. May be taken for CW, ART, or ENGL credit, but not from more than one department. PREREQ for CW 326: ENGL 102; for ENGL 326: ENGL 102; for ART 326: Admission to Visual Art, ART 108.

CW 332 FORM AND THEORY OF CREATIVE WRITING (3-0-3)(F/S). An intensive study of aspects of craft in either fiction, poetry or creative non-fiction. Course will expose students to particular methods, approaches, and techniques in a genre and their aesthetic effects. May be repeated once for credit. PREREQ: PERM/INST.

CW 388 READING AS A WRITER (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). An examination of literature through the eyes of a writer, focusing on craft and technique. PREREQ: ENGL 102 or equivalent.

CW 401 ADVANCED CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITING (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Intensive work in writing and critiquing creative nonfiction. Students seeking graduate credit will produce a greater quantity and higher quality of original work, will have a separate and more extensive reading list, and will be expected to participate more fully in class activities. May be repeated once for credit. PREREQ: CW 301 or ENGL 304 or PERM/INST.

CW 402 ADVANCED POETRY WRITING (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Intensive work in writing and critiquing poetry. Students seeking graduate credit will produce a greater quantity and higher quality of original work, will have a separate and more extensive reading list, and will be expected to participate more fully in class activities. May be repeated once for credit. PREREQ: CW 302 or PERM/INST.

CW 403 ADVANCED FICTION WRITING (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Intensive work in writing and critiquing fiction. Students seeking graduate credit will produce a greater quantity and higher quality of original work, will have a separate and more extensive reading list, and will be expected to participate more fully in class activities. May be repeated once for credit. PREREQ: CW 303 or PERM/INST.

CW 432 LITERARY EDITING AND PUBLISHING (3-0-3)(F/S). Study of literary magazines and/or small presses with the intention of preparing students to submit their own work for publication, as well as develop hands-on editorial skills and experience by assisting with The Idaho Review or Ahsahta Press. PREREQ: PERM/INST.

CW 490 SENIOR PORTFOLIO IN CREATIVE NONFICTION (3-0-3)(F/S)(FF). Extensive revision of previous written work in creative writing courses and creation of portfolio focused on creative nonfiction. Students will also learn about the publishing process and how to apply effectively for graduate programs in creative writing. Portfolio may include other documents to use in post-college writing careers, such as cover letters and agent queries. PREREQ: Senior standing and PERM/INST.

CW 491 SENIOR PORTFOLIO IN POETRY (3-0-3)(F/S)(FF). Extensive revision of previous written work in creative writing courses and creation of portfolio focused on poetry. Students will also learn about the publishing process and how to apply effectively for graduate programs in creative writing. Portfolio may include other documents to use in post-college writing careers, such as cover letters and agent queries. PREREQ: Senior standing and PERM/INST.

CW 492 SENIOR PORTFOLIO IN FICTION (3-0-3)(F/S)(FF). Extensive revision of previous written work in creative writing courses and creation of portfolio focused on fiction. Students will also learn about the publishing process and how to apply effectively for graduate programs in creative writing. Portfolio may include other documents to use in post-college writing careers, such as cover letters and agent queries. PREREQ: Senior standing and PERM/INST.