1. Read, interpret, and analyze a variety of canonical and contemporary creative writing texts across multiple genres, including literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, and playwriting.
2. Study and demonstrate understanding of various forms and structures of fiction, essay, playwriting, screenwriting, and poetry. Explore and engage critically with texts that represent a variety of perspectives and experiences.
3. Identify and implement narrative strategies and techniques employed by contemporary publishing creative writers.
4. Produce original creative writing in a variety of genres that evidences critical awareness of tradition, elements of craft, aesthetics, prosody, and narrative technique.
5. Work collaboratively and constructively with a community of writers to further develop a personal voice, writing style, tone, and sense of literary citizenship.
6. Develop the critical skills and vocabulary necessary to engage critically and effectively with peer manuscripts in a formal writing workshop environment.
7. Employ critical feedback to carry manuscripts through a series of substantial revisions that strengthen plot, narrative structure, thematic cohesion, form, voice, and language.
8. Produce a polished and cohesive body of work through a capstone creative writing course.
9. Pursue opportunities to practice the professional habits of creative writers: revision, workshopping, public reading, and submission for publication.
10. Demonstrate substantial knowledge of editing and revision techniques, post-undergraduate opportunities in writing and publishing, and other career-related aspects
11. Develop and hone skills in creating, editing and revising in the student’s primary genre.
12. Demonstrate ability to read and respond thoughtfully and critically in both oral and written form to other student’s work.