Creative Writing Course Listing

A Creative Writing Concentration within and in addition to the English major is offered as another option in development of skills in creative writing. The requirements for the concentration are specified in the "English" section of this catalogue.


EN278fs  Fiction Writing I.   A course in writing short literary fiction. No prior experience with fiction writing presumed, only interest. Class sessions will be devoted to talking about fiction basics, analyzing short stories, and critiquing fellow students' fiction in workshops. Outside of class, students will be writing fiction exercises and complete stories, as well as reading professional stories. By the end of the semester, students should have insight into the creative process. They should have learned the basics of the craft of writing, and they should have practiced what they have learned through writing and rewriting.
Prerequisite: English 115. Four Credit Hours.  A.   BOYLAN, N. HARRIS

EN279fs  Poetry Writing I.   Students will learn to identify and internalize the fundamental techniques and strategies of poetry. Each week you will read the work of published poets, write your own poems, read poems aloud, and critique the work of your peers. To help hone writing abilities and aesthetic judgment, there will be practice in revision and in analytic craft annotation. By semester's end, you will produce a portfolio of revised poems and a statement of what you have learned about your creative process, your aesthetic preferences, and your growing mastery of craft. This class presumes no prior experience with poetry writing.
Prerequisite: English 115. Four Credit Hours.  A.   BLEVINS, P. HARRIS

EN378fs  Fiction Writing II.   An advanced workshop in writing fiction. Focuses on the writing and revision of the literary short story, with particular attention to the structure of dramatic action, character, texture and tone, inspiration, and the process of revision.
Prerequisite: English 278. Admission may require submission of a manuscript.  Four Credit Hours. SPARK

EN379fs  Poetry Writing II.   This course presupposes basic familiarity with the poetic uses of metaphors, images, lines, and fresh and rhythmic diction. It will require students to read more extensively and analytically in contemporary poetry and continue their practice working with the kind of divergent thinking that makes poetry possible. Students will also undertake a more sophisticated investigation of the interplay of syntax with lineation, the nuances of pacing and structure, the resources of associative thinking, the gambits of rhetoric, and the complexities of tone. Final portfolio, emphasis on revision.
Prerequisite: English 279. Four Credit Hours. BLEVINS, P. HARRIS

EN380s  Creative Nonfiction.   Run as a writing workshop that helps student find their own voices as well as their most distinctive and authentic material. A sequence of writing assignments and revisions provides practice in various aspects of creative nonfiction, including essays of time and place, memoirs, profiles, and opinion pieces. These lead up to a longer personal essay on a topic of the student's choice.
English 115 (or exemption).    Four credit hours.  A.    BURKE

[EN382]  Environmental Writing: Writing on Place.   A creative writing course that uses the workshop method to teach students about the principles, strategies, and achievements of writing about the relationship of human to nonhuman. Focus on the role that place plays in that relationship. Students study professional models, draft exercises, workshop their peer's writings, and produce finished essays and narratives for a final portfolio. Four credit hours.  A.

[EN385]  Genre Workshop.   A selected genre of literature. Works in progress will be examined and performed in a workshop setting.
English 115.    Four credit hours. 

EN386f  Special Topics: Documentary Radio.   Students will learn how to conceive and research a topic that lends itself to a sound-rich medium, writing scripts that weave their own narrative with the best moments from their field interviews. They will also learn how to use a natural sound bed to help listeners imagine themselves in the setting. Final projects will be produced for the Web. Four credit hours.    SPARK

EN478s Advanced Studies in Poetry and Prose.  An advanced "group independent" workshop, providing a capstone experience to creative writing concentrators and minors working in fiction, drama, poetry, or creative nonfiction. Students will execute a semester-long writing project. This may be a series of short stories, a novella, novel chapters, a script, a screenplay, a poetry collection, or some other project to be approved by the instructor.
English 378 or 379, and permission of the instructor.    Two to four credit hours.    BOYLAN

EN480s Teaching Poetry in the Schools.  A service learning class in which Colby students teach the writing of poetry at community elementary schools.
Four credit hours.

Other courses offered when the schedule allows:  Imaginative Writing, Playwriting, Gendered Memoir, Screenwriting, Feature Writing, and Creative Nonfiction 2.