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Creative Writing

Program(s): Immersion

This course is currently at capacity. If you select this course as a first choice on your application, please apply for second options that fulfills your interests.

*Taught Online for Summer 2021*  "What is education?" asks the philosopher Søren Kierkegaard: "I suppose that education was the curriculum one had to run through in order to catch up with oneself."  When we speak of "finding your voice" or "writing your story" or "mining your material," we speak of things you already possess but that take work to realize.  Creative Writing is that work.  In pushing you to write more originally and persuasively than ever before, this course asks you to slow down, to pay attention to words, sentences, logic, gaps, and also to race ahead, to test new techniques and experiments and to be receptive to new sources of inspiration.  Exercises will range from making simple lists to devising plots, from describing a random piece of grass to inventing an original creature.  We will slow time down and speed it up.  Categories like fiction, poetry, and memoir will overlap and intermingle.  In this rigorous, writing- and reading-intensive course, you will be asked to write daily, both in directed exercises and personally-driven compositions, to conference one-on-one with instructors daily or almost daily, to read widely, to edit your peers, and to compose long submissions for the same peer edits.  After three weeks, you will know your own writing better.  Students write in and out of class-time hours and complete nightly reading assignments.  Active class participation is required.

Daily Course Expectations

  • 6 hours of daily work
  • Mix of synchronous and asynchronous work (see definitions here)
  • 1 required synchronous session per day: 9:00 A.M to 12:30 P.M CST, plus 1-on-1 slot with instructor between 1:30 P.M. and 3:30 P.M CST. 

Course Considerations

Writing Intensive
Discussion Intensive

Course Overview

Current Grade / Education Level

9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade



Start Date

July 13

End Date

July 29

Class Details

Primary Instructor

Benjamin Lytal

Academic Interest

Humanities (e.g., arts, philosophy)
Writing and Literature

Class Specifics

Course Code

CRWR 14700 94

Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri


Session II

Course Length

3 weeks