Learning Goals & Objectives

Learning Goal 1

Students will demonstrate the ability to produce a polished, professional-quality portfolio of creative writing and an understanding of how to submit the work for publication.

Students will: 
  • Objective 1: Draft, revise, and edit a technically accomplished creative manuscript (fiction, poetry, drama, or creative nonfiction).
  • Objective 2: Research literary journals and compile a list of magazines that fit their work.
  • Objective 3: Prepare a submission to a literary magazine: compose a cover letter and prepare a manuscript that conforms to professional conventions in the field.                      

Learning Goal 2

Students will develop an understanding of their own influences and aesthetic values as writers and how their own work fits into larger literary traditions.

Students will: 
  • Objective 1: Describe the writers, texts, and movements that influence their work.
  • Objective 2: Articulate their aesthetic values.
  • Objective 3: Outline their own artistic projects: what they aim to accomplish in their work.  

Learning Goal 3

Students will demonstrate the ability to perform their work effectively in public. 

Students will:
  • Objective 1: Make an appropriate selection of their own work for public performance.
  • Objective 2: Introduce themselves and their work to an audience in an engaging way and place their selections in context.
  • Objective 3: Read or recite their work clearly and expressively.

Learning Goal 4

Students will demonstrate the ability to read as writers.  

Students will: 
  • Objective 1: Be able to identify and explain choices professional writers make in literary texts.
  • Objective 2: Be able to describe the effects of these choices.
  • Objective 3: Be able to discuss how they may interpolate similar choices in the creation of their own work.