Course Descriptions

ENG 2215

Imaginative Writing

Jeffrey Overstreet

Tuesdays 6:00-8:30 p.m.

It's a powerful question: "What if...?" This is an invitation to play with words and discover what more they can do. Imaginative Writing is the entry-level creative writing course at SPU and the prerequisite for all other creative writing courses. In it, students will study exemplary works of short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction from a diverse array of world-renowned writers. They will practice the art of each, composing original flash fiction stories, poems, and personal essays. And they will consider and discuss each other's work, encouraging one another toward excellence in peer-review workshopping circles. This course may involve a few on-campus "field trips" for the purpose of engaging in writing exercises within different indoor and outdoor campus contexts.

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Jane Austen
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