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.
- Objective A: Draft, revise, and edit a technically accomplished creative manuscript (fiction, poetry, drama, or creative nonfiction);
- Objective B: Research literary journals and compile a list of magazines that fit their work;
- Objective C: Prepare a submission to a literary magazine: compose a cover letter and prepare a manuscript that confirms 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.
- Objective A: Describe the writers, texts, and movements that influence their work;
- Objective B: Articulate their aesthetic values;
- Objective C: 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.
- Objective A: Make an appropriate selection of their own work for public performance;
- Objective B: Introduce themselves and their work to an audience in an engaging way and place their selections in context;
- Objective C: Read or recite their work clearly and expressively.
Learning Goal 4
Students will have a practical knowledge of the lives of professional writers, including career and educational options beyond a bachelor’s degree.
- Objective A: Understand the different kinds of graduate programs, their requirements and curriculum, and the process of applications;
- Objective B: Be familiar with the range of careers pursued by writers, the skills and temperaments they require, and how one prepares for them.