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Read, Write, Reflect: Creative Writing Workshop

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This course is no longer being offered.

Course Description

This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting.

In this course, students will deepen their understanding of, and talent for, creative writing across a number of different genres. The course combines critical reading, writing workshops, and peer review sessions, which will encourage students to expand their creative horizons and engage with writing as a process rather than a product.

The unifying theme throughout the course will be the question of what constitutes compelling writing: what separates a good story from a bad one, a realistic narrative from a ridiculous one, a moving poem from a dull one? The objective is that students learn to think critically about creative writing, whether the text is someone else's or their own. Students will hone their reading and writing skills, pursue their creativity, and develop a self-reflective writing praxis that will serve them in academic as well as creative writing endeavors.

Students will engage with different types of creative writing, both as readers and as writers, from sudden fiction to poetry to dialogue. They will consider what elements of style and technique they find effective in others' texts and work on integrating these skills into their own writing. During and outside of class, students will have numerous opportunities to put into practice what they have learned, working within different creative genres and deciding which they enjoy most. The capstone for the course will be a full piece of writing in a genre of each student's choosing, which they will revise and refine through the peer-editing process.

Students will develop reflective writing strategies that help them to set and achieve goals in their writing. They will also learn to read as writers by thinking critically about the structure, style, and effectiveness of a piece, rather than just its content. The rigorous reading and writing practices students develop in this course will also serve them in the academic classroom and beyond.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites.

Course Information

  • Course Code: CEEL0917
  • Length: 2 weeks

Program Information

Summer@Brown for English Language Learners

A select group of non-credit courses in the liberal arts and sciences supplemented with English language learning, two weeks long, taught on Brown’s campus. For University-bound English language learners completing grades 9-12 by June 2020.

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