Creative Writing Critiques & Tips

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West Virginia University Continuing Professional Education offers this four week, workshop-style course that will teach you the foundations of creative writing by exploring the craft of nonfiction, poetry, and fiction.  This course will give you the tools to discover new material, create vivid characters and scenes, craft voice, develop imagery, and refine style.  To help you grow as writers, the instructor will provide contemporary readings, writing prompts, and opportunities to workshop your writing.  You can expect to receive regular feedback, encouragement, and tips.
Course Objectives:
 By the end of this course, you will:
  • Understand the foundations of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry
  • Receive writing tips to help hone your voice
  • Analyze contemporary writers for elements of craft
  • Receive the tools to write and polish your work for publication
  • Understand the current publication market
Content Covered in Course:
 Week 1:  Nonfiction (Finding and structuring your memories)
Week 2:  Poetry (Finding image; exploring forms)
Week 3:  Fiction (Finding conflict in your characters)
Week 4:  Revision and Publication Tips (Polishing your writing for publication)

Dates & Times: 
10:00 to 12:00 p.m.
June 17, June 24, July 8, and July 15

Recommended Readings:
Addonizio, Kim and Dorianne Laux.  The Poet’s Companion:  A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry.  New York:  Norton, 1997.
Short Takes:  Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction. Ed. Judith Kitchen.  New York:  Norton, 2005.
Stern, Jerome.  Making Shapely Fiction.  New York:  Norton, 1991.


Class Details

5 Sessions
Weekly - Sat

Woodburn Hall

Rebecca Thomas 



Registration Closes On
Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
6/17/2017 - 7/15/2017 Weekly - Sat 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Morgantown, Woodburn Hall  Map Rebecca Thomas