Priority will be given to interested first- and second-year students; additional spaces will be made available to upper-year students with little or no experience in creative writing.
Students will write or revise work every week; roughly four weeks each will be devoted to short fiction, poetry, and drama.
Close reading of fiction texts, fiction writing exercises, and discussion of student’s original fiction in a workshop setting. Students will be introduced to literary disciplines including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and writing for the stage and screen. CW 233 FUNDAMENTALS OF NARRATIVE (3-0-3)(F, S, SU). Intensive one-on-one study of selected creative writing discipline with faculty mentor. Exploration of genres of creative nonfiction with an emphasis on contemporary writers. CW 302 INTERMEDIATE POETRY WRITING (3-0-3)(F, S, SU).
Intensive study of the possibilities of English grammar in the context of creative nonfiction, poetry, and fiction, with particular attention to students’ own writing. An exploration of the writer in society, both as artistic endeavor and profession. CW 301 INTERMEDIATE CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITING (3-0-3)(F, S, SU).
The final assignment will be to write an original one-act play.
Students in this class will learn how to develop, report, write, edit and revise a variety of news stories, beginning with the basics of reporting and writing the news and advancing to longer-form stories, including personality profiles, news features and trend stories, and concluding with point-of-view journalism (columns, criticism, reported essays).Extensive revision of previous written work in creative writing courses and creation of portfolio focused on fiction.Students will also learn about the publishing process and how to apply effectively for graduate programs in creative writing.The course will cover shaping forms (such as elegy and pastoral) as well as given forms, such as the sonnet, ghazal, villanelle, etc.Students will discuss strategies for conveying the literal meaning of a poem (e.g., through sensory description and clear, compelling language) and the concealed meaning of a text (e.g., through metaphor, imagery, meter, irony, and shifts in diction and syntax).Students will work to discover and develop their own unique voices as they learn the technical aspects of the craft of playwriting.Short writing assignments will complement each reading assignment.It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.For information about courses offered by other Bryn Mawr departments and programs or about courses offered by Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, please consult the Course Guides page.Portfolio may include other documents to use in post-college writing careers, such as cover letters and agent queries. This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year.