Creative Writing

Program Plan

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Creative Writing
To complete the Creative Writing program certificate, a student must complete 21 credit hours of creative writing and literature courses as outlined below. All courses are also available as electives for any qualified student; English 111: Freshman Composition (or the equivalent from another college or university) is a prerequisite for all courses in the program. 
Required Courses 
3.0 credits ENGL-125: Introduction to Creative Writing
Introduces four genres of creative writing: creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry and drama. Students will write in each genre, learning and practicing the elements of the craft. Each student's own voice and style will be encouraged with direction and techniques for more effective writing.
Prerequisites: ENGL-111 or higher.
Offered: FALL
3.0 credits ENGL-130: Editing and Style for Writers
Examines the elements of good creative writing and the methodologies of evaluating and editing students' own writing and that of others. Includes style and usage, diction and sentence variety, imagery, and figurative language, and how to write concisely and with expression.
Prerequisites: Take ENGL-111 or obtain permission of instructor.
Offered: FALL
Creative Writing Courses (select 3 from the following) 
3.0 credits ENGL-221: Creative Writing: Fiction
Introduces the techniques and practice of contemporary fiction including novels and short stories. Students write and share original stories in a workshop setting.
Prerequisites: Take ENGL-111 or obtain permission of instructor.
Offered: FALL
3.0 credits ENGL-222: Creative Writing: Poetry
Introduces the elements of poetry writing. Students read and discuss poetry, as well as experiment with their own writing and share their original poetry in a workshop setting.
Prerequisites: Take ENGL-111 or permission of the instructor.
Offered: SP
3.0 credits ENGL-223: Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction
Explores the elements, genres, and styles of creative nonfiction and the requisite attributes of creative nonfiction writers--literary voice, personal interaction with subject, openness to experience, among others. Students experiment with forms such as memoir, travel, nature, personal essay, social commentary, and more.
Prerequisites: Take ENGL-111 or obtain permission of instructor.
Offered: SP
3.0 credits JOUR-220: Writing for Mass Media
Emphasizes writing techniques for print and electronic media. Forms, style, and brevity are stressed.
Offered: FALL
3.0 credits ENGL-280: Advanced Creative Writing by Genre
Provides continued exploration and development for writers with experiences in a given genre and emphasizes the practice and techniques of published writers.
Prerequisites: Take ENGL-221 or ENGL-222, depending on the genre.
Minimum grade required: "C". ENGL-125 is strongly recommended.
Offered: DMND
1.0 - 4.0 credits ENGL-299: Special Topics
Special or specific topic course to meet the needs of students. Topics and credits are announced in the Schedule of Classes. These courses may be used as electives for Associate degree requirements. May be repeated one or more times for additional credit. No more than 6 credits of special topic courses can be used toward a degree.
Offered: DMND
Literature Courses (select 2 from the following) 
3.0 credits ENGL-251: American Literature to 1865
Surveys major literary works from pre-colonial times to 1865. [NM Common Course Number 2513, Area V; Humanities].
Prerequisites: Take ENGL-111 or obtain permission of instructor.
Offered: FALL
3.0 credits ENGL-252: American Literature From 1865 to Present
Surveys major literary works from 1865 to the present. [NM Common Course Number 2523, Area V; Humanities]
Prerequisites: Take ENGL-111 or obtain permission of instructor.
Offered: SP
3.0 credits ENGL-261: Survey of World Literature I
Surveys world literature from antiquity through the Renaissance. [NM Common Course Number 2613, Area V; Humanities].
Prerequisites: Take ENGL-111 or obtain permission of instructor.
Offered: FALL
3.0 credits ENGL-262: Survey of World Literature II
Examines world literature from the Renaissance to the modern world. [NM Common Course Number 2623, Area V; Humanities].
Prerequisites: Take ENGL-111 or obtain permission of instructor.
Offered: SP

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