Creative Writing

Sogang University Department of English

Creative Writing

David Prater, BA (Hons)(Syd) MA (Hons)(Melb)

Summary

This introductory course will equip students with a set of skills with which to write personal and/or autobiographical poetry and prose. Focussing on the notion of “Autofictions”, it will encourage students to explore personal stories (whether about themselves, members of their families or friends) and then move beyond the personal as a creative writer. The course will allow students to develop their own writing skills (through a series of weekly exercises) as well as their understandings of writing practice (through a set of course readings). In addition, students will be expected to read and discuss their own and other students’ writing in class with an informed critical eye. Students will receive a writing exercise each week and will be expected to hand in three exercises at the end of the first assessment period. The final assessment for the course will consist of a folio of writing of approximately 2000 words (prose), or 200 lines of poetry, as well as a supplementary mark for attendance and class participation.

COURSE STRUCTURE

WEEK 1: beginning Monday 29 August
Introductions
Assessment criteria

WEEKS 2-7: Monday 5 September to Monday 10 October
Weekly exercises
First five secrets of good writing

WEEK 8: beginning Monday 17 October
NO CLASSES ñ first ASSESSMENT DUE

WEEK 9-15: Monday 24 October to Monday 5 December
Weekly exercises
Second five secrets of good writing

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