Developed by Nancy Mitchell
WRITERS’ CRAFT, ENGLISH 417 is
generally the course students take after the required
introductory Creative Writing 351. After completing
Writer’s Craft students may have an idea about which
genre they would like to pursue, and take more advanced
workshops in Poetry , Fiction, or Non Fiction, although
many take all three before graduation.
In this class we look at literary texts of all genres
for examples as to how specific writers have employed
poetic devices and literary techniques to convey
intention and tone. In weekly annotations students
demonstrate their understanding of craft with quoted,
textual evidence to support their comments. While they
annotate, they are encouraged (exhorted) to keep an eye
and ear open as to how they can use craft in their own
creative writing assignments for class workshop.
In annotations, discussions and in class critiques
students are require to use precise literary vocabulary.
The final project of this class is the portfolio, which
consists of the semester’s creative writing assignments,
fully revised according to suggestions made by peers,
the instructor, and their own revision decisions.
Formal Writing Assignments
Annotation on Imagery
Annotation on Sound
Informal Writing Assignment
Similes and Sound