Creative Writing for the Rhetoric Stage I & II
One-semester course with full-year option. A semester-long workshop for high school students dedicated to the crafts and techniques of prose and poetry. Students will identify and explore traditional and non-traditional literary forms while developing individual creative writing projects. Reading and writing assignments will illustrate matters of character, style, voice, diction, stanza, structure, metaphor, and meter. A primary goal of the course will be to demystify the creative process and expand student awareness of the written arts; as such, please leave any and all preconceived notions about creative writing at the door.
As stated above, the class is a workshop. Significant time will be spent critiquing work in class, and all students will be required to participate actively and thoughtfully. Any and all commentary, assuming it is fully explained, thoughtful, respectful, and intended to improve the overall achievement of the piece in question, will be welcome and encouraged.
Additionally, unless otherwise discussed and arranged, this is not a class that is designed to workshop preexisting material. Students will be expected to create new pieces which utilize the materials and concepts from class instruction.
Please note: This course may be taken individually in the fall or spring semester; a student may enroll in both Creative Writing for the Rhetoric Stage I in the fall and Creative Writing for the Rhetoric Stage II in the spring to fulfill the full-year option.
My kid doesn’t love English classes, in fact, he doesn’t even like them. But this one opened him up. He loved it. He was motivated and really learned a lot! -Parent Course Evaluation
Great class! The assignments were challenging, but also a lot of fun. - Student Course Evaluation
This class has been really amazing. I feel like I have learned so much from my instructor and fellow students! - Student Course Evaluation
Creative Writing for the Rhetoric Stage I & II Information
- Example Syllabus
- Class meets once per week for 50-55 minutes.
- Class cap: 15 students.
- Designed for grades 9-12.
- High school students may be awarded .5 Language Arts credit upon completion of this course.
- The instructor will provide all course materials.