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ENGCW 400
Creative Writing
3 Units
Prerequisite: ENGWR 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area II(b); CSU Area C2
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
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Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is designed to guide students in creative writing through experience in three genres: short story, poetry, and creative non-fiction. The course includes analysis of literary models (professional writings in each genre), individual and class criticism of work in a workshop mode, and lecture on and discussion of literary techniques in each genre. (C-ID ENGL 200)
ENGCW 410
Fiction Writing Workshop
3 Units
Prerequisite: ENGWR 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area II(b); CSU Area C2
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
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Hours: 54 hours LEC
This is a creative writing course designed for students who wish to concentrate on fiction writing. Through lecture, discussion, assigned reading, writing exercises, short story (or novel chapter) writing, and critiques of student writing in a workshop mode, the student will examine critically the elements of literary creation. The students will keep a journal and prepare a portfolio of their work.
ENGCW 420
Poetry Writing Workshop
3 Units
Prerequisite: ENGWR 101 with a grade of "C" or better; or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area II(b)
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
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Hours: 54 hours LEC
This is a creative writing course for students who wish to concentrate on poetry writing. Through lecture, discussion, assigned reading, writing exercises, poetry writing, and critiques of student writing in a workshop mode, the students will examine critically the elements of literary creation. The students will keep a journal and prepare a portfolio of their work.
ENGCW 430
Creative Non-Fiction Writing Workshop
3 Units
Prerequisite: ENGWR 101 with a grade of "C" or better; or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area II(b)
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
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Hours: 54 hours LEC
This is a creative writing course concentrating on the literary essay. The class focuses on constructive in-class analysis of personal essays written by students. Students will write and critically examine essays such as the memoir, autobiography, reflective, and philosophical that have a literary, stylistic component. The class will also emphasize multi-cultural, multi-generational, mythological, and ecological topics. Students will prepare a portfolio of completed work.
ENGCW 452
College Literary Magazine
4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENGWR 101; or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course provides instruction in techniques and experience in writing, editing, and instructing the college literary magazine. Students will write, select, and edit manuscripts in the genres of poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction. They will also assist in converting accepted manuscripts onto computer discs and in promoting the college literary magazine through various fund raising and advertising activities. Access is provided to computers, laser printer, and other production equipment. A campus literary reading will be presented.
ENGCW 480
Honors Seminar: Creative Writing and Culture
3 Units
Prerequisite: ENGWR 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2
Course Transferable to CSU
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Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is an honors seminar for students who wish to write fiction and to do so with an awareness of fiction's role in culture. Students will study the relationship between cultural events and literary conventions: connections, for example, between World War II and Hemingway's concise sentences, the birth of jazz and the language of the beatniks, Existentialism and Ralph Ellison's view of character, or the systematic repression of Native American languages and Joy Harjo's fluid syntax. While students become familiar with the history and cultural place of fiction, they will be writing and analyzing fiction of their own. Students will be encouraged both to "write from instinct" and to begin deliberately cultivating a style, identifying personal influences, and situating their writing in relation to major cultural events. This course may be taken only once for credit. Enrollment is limited to Honors Program students. Details about the Honors Program can be found in the front of the Catalog and on the CRC website.
ENGCW 495
Independent Studies in English - Creative Writing
1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
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Hours: 54 hours LEC; 162 hours LAB
An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.
ENGCW 499
Experimental Offering in English - Creative Writing
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
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Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB