Just as carpenters craft wood, you will use writing tools and techniques to craft words. This open-genre course is for beginner to intermediate writers who want to tinker with words in a lively and supportive environment.

Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and assignments, you tighten your nuts ’n’ bolts writing skills (dialogue, point-of-view, and revision) as well as hone your literary skills (style, characterization, and theme).

You leave the workshop with a portfolio of short pieces that have run through the process of peer feedback.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Define and apply writing craft techniques discussed during lessons and workshops
  • Constructively critique their peers’ writing using a modified Iowa workshop model.
  • Assess and incorporate workshop feedback
  • Evaluate and revise their own writing using the critiquing skills developed in workshop
  • Define their personal writing process (habit)

Required Materials

  • Readings and handouts to be provided. Hard copies of your work for peer reading/feedback. A pen, a notebook, and a desire to write.

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