Curriculum & Courses

"The best advice I can give to a young writer is to read. Read everything."
-Elizabeth Bishop

The Creative Writing Program at Waldorf College provides students an engaging, challenging, and deeply personal learning experience: Students explore at least three genres of writing and develop their craft in techniques of writing courses and upper-level writers' workshops; students form strong relationships with their peers in seminar style classes, editing internships, and writers' groups; and students work with faculty who are both excellent teachers and practicing writers.

The Creative Writing Program develops excellent writers and strong critical readers. Majors and minors explore the diverse possibilities of contemporary literature across a number of genres, increase their tool kit of writing techniques, and begin to acquire and polish a voice and subject matter of their own. Further, they read and engage a broad selection of authors, using the vocabulary of craft to analyze works of literature, and significantly deepen their love of the written word.

The Creative Writing Program rigorously prepares students for graduate school in disciplines such as the fine arts, english, education, law, library sciences and business, as well careers in the business world, where creative writing students are prized for their ability to think critically, communicate clearly and approach problems creatively. And no matter a student's future plans, the Creative Writing Program helps students develop the wisdom and sense of vocation to choose lives of art, meaning and service in the world. 

The bachelor's degree requires completion of 124 credits, a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 and a grade of C- or better in all core and required courses in the major.

"There is creative reading as well as creative writing."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Prefix Number Course Credit
Hours

Creative Writing Core Courses

 
CWR 201 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
ENG 110 Introduction to Literary Studies 3
Students will choose three of the following courses:
CWR 370 Techniques of Creative Nonfiction 3
CWR 375 Techniques of Poetry 3
CWR 380 Techniques of Fiction 3
CWR 385 Playwriting 3
CWR 390 Special Topics in Creative Writing 3
Students will choose two of the following courses:
CWR 470 Advanced Writing Workshop- Creative Nonfiction 3
CWR 475 Advanced Writing Workshop- Poetry 3
CWR 480 Advanced Writing Workshop- Fiction 3
ENG 200+  English Electives 12
    Capstone 5-6

 

       

Creative Writing Minor Courses

 
CWR 201 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
Students will choose two of the following courses:
CWR 370 Techniques of Creative Nonfiction 3
CWR 375 Techniques of Poetry 3
CWR 380 Techniques of Fiction 3
CWR 385 Playwriting 3
CWR 390 Special Topics in Creative Writing 3
Students will choose one of the following courses:
CWR 470 Advanced Writing Workshop- Creative Nonfiction 3
CWR 475 Advanced Writing Workshop- Poetry 3
CWR 480 Advanced Writing Workshop- Fiction 3
ENG 110+ English Elective 3
CWR/ENG   Elective 3

Suggested Curriculum

   

Semester I

English 101, (3 cr.)
Religion 103, (3 cr.)
Critical Inquiry 111, (3 cr.)
Psychology 111, (3 cr.)
World History 160 or 171, (3 cr.)
Total of 15

Semester II

English 110, (3 cr.)
Speech 111, (3 cr.)
Artistic Expression 120, (3 cr.)
Social Science Elective, (3 cr.)
Elective, (3 cr.)
Phy. Ed. Elective. (.5 cr.)
Total of 15.5

Semester III

Creative Writing 201, (3 cr.)
English Elective, (3 cr.)
Math 101, (4 cr.)
Humanities Minor Elective, (3 cr.)
Advanced Composition 230, (3 cr.)
Total of 16

Semester IV

Creative Writing 370, 375, 380, 385, or 390, (3 cr.)
English Elective, (3 cr.)
Lab Science, (4 cr.)
Humanities Minor Elective, (3 cr.)
Religion Elective 200+, (3 cr.)
Wellness 101, (1 cr.)
Total of 17

Semester V

Creative Writing 370, 375, 380, 385, or 390, (3 cr.)
English Elective, (3 cr.)
Investigations in Humanities 300, (3 cr.)
Elective, (3 cr.)
Phy. Ed. Elective, (.5 cr.)
Total of 15.5

Semester VI

Creative Writing 370, 375, 380, 385, or 390, (3 cr.)
Creative Writing 470, 475, or 480, (3 cr.)
English Elective, (3 cr.)
Humanities Minor Elective, (3 cr.)
Elective, (3 cr.)
Internship, (1-2.5 cr.)
Total of 16-17.5

Semester VII

Creative Writing 470, 475, or 480, (3 cr.)
Creative Writing 499, (3 cr.)
Humanities Minor Elective, (3 cr.)
Religion Elective 300+, (3 cr.)
Elective, (3 cr.)
Total of 15-16

Semester VIII

Creative Writing 499, (3 cr.)
Study Abroad and/or Electives, (12 cr.)
Total of 15

Creative Writing Course Descriptions

CWR 201 Introduction to Creative Writing (3 cr.)

This course will introduce the techniques and vocabulary of creative writing in three genres: fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Along with craft texts, students will read a wide variety of contemporary literature and produce a number of creative pieces in response, as well as extensively revise one piece in each genre for inclusion in a final portfolio of work. (Prerequisites: English 102/107/110 or consent of instructor)

CWR 370 Techniques of Creative Nonfiction (3 cr.)

This course will be a hybrid of literary study and creative writing. Students will read, discuss, and write about a broad selection of contemporary creative nonfiction; however, all analysis will be primarily opportunistic, which is to say that students, with the guidance of craft texts, will read and discuss as writers themselves, with the intent of discovering new possibilities and techniques inside the genre of creative nonfiction. Students will also draft a significant number of scenes and essays in response to the readings and revise them for a techniques workshop and a final portfolio. (Prerequisite: Creative Writing 201 or consent of the instructor.)

CWR 375 Techniques of Poetry (3 cr.)

This course will be a hybrid of literary study and creative writing. Students will read, discuss, and write about a broad selection of contemporary poetry; however, all analysis will be primarily opportunistic, which is to say that students, with the guidance of craft texts, will read and discuss as poets themselves, with the primary intent of discovering new poetic possibilities and techniques. Students will also draft a significant number of poems in response to the readings and revise them for a techniques workshop and a final portfolio. (Prerequisite: Creative Writing 201 or consent of the instructor.)

CWR 380 Techniques of Fiction (3 cr.)

This course will be a hybrid of literary study and creative writing. Students will read, discuss, and write about a broad selection of contemporary short fiction; however, all analysis will be primarily opportunistic, which is to say that students, with the guidance of craft texts, will read and discuss as writers themselves, with the intent of discovering new possibilities and techniques in the creation of fictions. Students will also draft a significant number of scenes and stories in response to the readings and revise them for a techniques workshop and a final portfolio. (Prerequisite: Creative Writing 201 or consent of the instructor.)

CWR 385 Playwriting (co-listed as THR 385) (3 cr.)

[See Current Waldorf College Catalog under Theatre for Description]

CWR 390 Special Topics in Creative Writing (3 cr.)

This course will be a hybrid of literary study and creative writing, with the genre and/or type of writing determined by the instructor. Students will read, discuss, and write about a broad selection of contemporary literature; however, all analysis will be primarily opportunistic, which is to say that students, with the guidance of craft texts, will read and discuss as writers themselves, with the intent of discovering new possibilities and techniques. Students will also draft a significant number of pieces in response to the readings and revise them for a techniques workshop and a final portfolio. Possible topics here include: novel writing, nature and travel writing, memoir writing, historical fiction, formal verse, spiritual poetry, and landscape and loss in creative nonfiction, among others. (Prerequisite: Creative Writing 201 or consent of the instructor)

CWR 470 Advanced Writing Workshop- Creative Nonfiction (3 cr.)

This course will allow students to receive informed feedback on their own written work from an engaged and concerned audience. Over the course of the semester, students will write at least three full-length essays and present them in class for discussion. Utilizing the advice and ideas they receive in workshop, students will then revise each piece for inclusion in a final portfolio of work. Each week, students will also respond to the work of their classmates with letters that address the aims, strengths, and weaknesses of the essays under discussion. (Prerequisite: Creative Writing 370 or consent of the instructor)

CWR 475 Advanced Writing Workshop- Poetry (3 cr.)

This course will allow students to receive informed feedback on their own written work from an engaged and concerned audience. Over the course of the semester, students will write at least ten poems and present them in class for discussion. Using the advice and ideas they receive in workshop, students will revise each piece for inclusion in a final portfolio of work. Students will also respond to the work of their classmates with response letters that address the aims, strengths, and weaknesses of the essays under discussion. (Prerequisite: Creative Writing 375 or consent of the instructor)

CWR 480 Advanced Writing Workshop- Fiction (3 cr.)

This course will allow students to receive informed feedback on their own written work from an engaged and concerned audience. Over the course of the semester, students will write at least three full-length stories and present them in class for discussion. Utilizing the advice and ideas they receive in workshop, students will then revise each piece for inclusion in a final portfolio of work. Each week, students will also respond to the work of their classmates with letters that address the aims, strengths, and weaknesses of the essays under discussion. (Prerequisite: Creative Writing 380 or consent of the instructor)

CWR 490: Literary Editing (1-2 cr.)

This course will introduce advanced writing students to the history, purposes, and workings of literary magazines; help students more deeply engage the world of contemporary literary magazines; and allow students hands-on experience editing the campus literary magazine. (Prerequisite: Approval of instructor required)

CWR495 Creative Writing Internship

CWR 499 Senior Thesis