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2019 - 2020 Academic Catalog

Creative Writing Minor

The Creative Writing minor consists of six courses beyond Writing I and Writing II. One course must be at the 300 level.

Course Code Course Title Credits
Minor Courses
ENG209 Intro to Literature & Literary Studies 3
ENG219 Creative Writing 3
Choose 2 from the following:
COM305 Screenwriting 3
COM314 Magazine & Feature Writing 3
ENG307 Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop 3
ENG308 Fiction Writing Workshop 3
ENG310 Poetry Writing Workshop 3
ENG402 Advanced Writing Workshop 3
Choose 1 from the following:
ENG201 Eng Lit/Themes & Writers 3
ENG210 Survey of American Literature (KP) 3
ENG218 British Literature (KP) 3
ENG340 Classics of World Literature 3

Choose one English Elective (may also include COM209 Journalism, COM314 Magazine & Feature Writing, COM316 Publication Editing): 3 credits

Credit requirements for minor: 18 credits

ENG209 - Intro to Literature & Literary Studies

This is a foundations course required for the major and the minor in English. The course provides an introduction to a variety of forms and styles in poetry, drama, short story, fiction, memoir, and essay; European, North American, and world literatures are considered. The focus is on interpreting texts; students are introduced to various schools of interpretation and to standards for supporting an interpretation. Students become familiar with the conventional elements of each genre and with the terminology of critical interpretation. The course introduces print and database tools for research on literature.

ENG219 - Creative Writing

In this course, students explore various types of creative writing including fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Students do a wide range of in-class and out-of-class writing assignments, and they have the opportunity to select one form for a major project.

COM305 - Screenwriting

This course includes writing techniques for series and stand alone productions in television and film. Students work both independently and collaboratively in order to understand industry procedures. Students experiment with several different genres and then develop a major project. Prerequisite: COM 105 or ENG219

COM314 - Magazine & Feature Writing

This course is focused on the longer pieces of magazine writing, such as feature articles and interview profiles, and other forms of narrative, nonfiction journalistic writing. The course includes reading, analyzing, and modeling well-written newspaper and magazine articles that entertain as well as inform readers. Students have the opportunity to provide editorial support for and submit feature articles for publication to Polished, a Lasell College produced magazine and to The 1851 Chronicle, the student newspaper and website. Students also create, write for, and design their own magazine based on a topic of their choosing. Prerequisites: COM 101, COM 209.

ENG307 - Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop

In this course, students study the literary genre of creative nonfiction by exploring a variety of personal essays and memoirs and by engaging in writing practice. Work by class members is read and discussed, as are textbook readings that illuminate the use of craft tools such as description, imagery, diction, syntax, text structure, and metaphor in the development of personal essays and memoirs. Reading assignments involve the close examination of essays and memoirs; written assignments involve in-class work, reflections on craft essays, annotations on creative reading, and one 10-page text of original creative nonfiction.

ENG308 - Fiction Writing Workshop

Do you have an idea for a novel, play, or screenplay? Would you benefit from a focused and committed group of peers to inspire and challenge you? If so, then this course is for you. Join us as we participate in the NaNoWriMo Challenge to write a novel (or fiction manuscript of your choice) during National Novel Writing Month. Utilizing tools from the NaNoWriMo online community, we will plan and plot our stories in the beginning of the semester and draft them during the latter portion. You do not need to finish the manuscript to do well in the course. The main objective is to inspire good, daily writing habits.

ENG310 - Poetry Writing Workshop

In this course, we consider English verse by exploring lyric poetry and engaging in its practice. Work by class members is read and discussed, as are other example poems whose study illuminates the use of tools such as imagery, diction, sound device, structure, lineation, and figurative language in the construction of poetic meaning. Reading assignments involve the close examination of poems; written assignments include short poetry annotations/exercises and the creation of a portfolio of original poetry.

ENG402 - Advanced Writing Workshop

This is the capstone course for creative writing majors and minors. Working with a faculty mentor, each student develops and completes a major writing project that focuses on the student’s writing interests. Review, critique, and drafting are crucial course components. The course includes reading assignments that relate to the writing projects. This one-semester course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: ENG307, ENG308, or ENG310.

ENG201 - Eng Lit/Themes & Writers

This course offers a special thematic approach to the study of English literature. Various authors, such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Shaw, and Yeats, are studied within such contexts as convention and revolt, the hero and the heroine, or evil and decadence. Prerequisite: ENG 102.

ENG210 - Survey of American Literature (KP)

This course surveys representative periods, authors, or genres in American literature from beginnings in Native American oral literatures through contemporary works. Individual sections organize study of classic and contemporary texts around particular themes, such as Queering American Literatures, American Migrations, Hemispheric American Literature, or Americans on the Edge: "Frontiers" in the American Imagination. Individual sections also trace twentieth- or twenty-first-century movements to their roots in or resistance to earlier movements or forms. This is a writing-intensive course.

ENG218 - British Literature (KP)

This course surveys British writing in poetry, fiction, and drama, with a focus on key periods in the development of British literature. Emphasis is on representative writers in each period. Periods and movements surveyed include Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, Renaissance, Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Romanticism, Victorian, Modern, and Contemporary or Postmodern. This is a writing-intensive course.

ENG340 - Classics of World Literature

This course explores representative fiction, poetry, or drama by major figures in world literature, centering on topics such as love, tragedy, comedy, immortality, madness, wasteland, quest for knowledge, voyages, or exploration. Prerequisite: Any 200-level English course.