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College Creative Writing

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Subject Categories:
Academic Elective, College Dual Credit, English Language Arts, Literature and Media, Writing and Composition

God is the great storyteller, teaching and reaching his people through the power of the word, especially the redemptive story of creation woven through all cultures and times. This course will explore the importance of literature in our understanding of the human experience in relationship with God, with creation, and with others, as well as the call for writers to craft stories that reflect God’s ultimate story. Reading the works of published authors, students will analyze how structure, sound, imagery, and style contribute to meaning and power. Students will build on a basic understanding of the elements of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, diving deeper into the themes and techniques that define each genre. Live classes will challenge students to share and critique their own original compositions in a “round table” workshop setting. Students will learn to find their own voices and express their ideas uniquely and powerfully while also being challenged to experiment with new styles and techniques. Students will build a professional portfolio of their writing, learn how to navigate the writer’s market, and choose original pieces to submit to outside publications. Students will leave the course confident in their ability to write creatively, to analyze works in different creative genres, and to critique peer writing.

Grade Levels*:
11, 12
* Enrollment restricted based on Date of Birth and Grad Year (whichever is more limiting). Enrollment outside these levels requires written concurrence from TPS Support.
• Successful completion (75% or higher) of a TPS English 4 (or higher) course
━ OR ━
• Successful completion of Readiness Test
Notes and Conditions

Attendance Required: Because this course involves frequent in-class peer reviews and workshops, regular active participation is required and is factored into the course grade. This course is unable to offer the flexible scheduling you may expect from TPS AP and college dual credit courses.

College Credit: This course earns three college credits from Belhaven University, the only Christian university in the U.S. offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing and one of only 26 undergraduate institutions offering such a degree. This course is pre-approved for college credit (Belhaven CWR 211, 3 credits). Upon successful completion of this course, the student may apply for a college transcript from Belhaven University for this course. These transcripted credits may be transferred to other colleges. More information is here.

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