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Creative writing aims and objectives

The Purpose Of Creative Writing

In this section, we will focus on the purpose of creative writing, which will in turn aid students in understanding why a writer writes and the importance of the relationship between author and reader.

There are numerous motives as to why someone would want to express a thought, opinion, or fact to other individuals through words. Creative writing can be used for entertainment, informative, or persuasive purposes. This type of writing can also be used to convey an emotion.

In each lesson, a purpose will be explained thoroughly with definitions and examples; a writing prompt will follow.

The writing prompt will train the student writer to write specific topics as well as use each purpose correctly. The examples will help the student grasp what the lesson is trying to explain and have the student perfect their writing skills to the best of their ability.

This lesson will cover how entertainment is used in writing.

The Purpose of Creative Writing:
Entertainment

We will define creative writing and entertainment along with some of its elements. There are examples of entertainment that will be familiar to readers so that they can learn how to use them in everyday writing.

A writing prompt will follow this lesson so it can encourage the reader to make their own piece of entertaining writing.

This subject will start with its easier points and may get tougher, but it will still teach the reader how to be the best writer possible.

This lesson focuses on the informative aspect of writing.

The Purpose of Creative Writing:
Information

This lesson pays attention to the second purpose of writing which is to give information.

Writers will learn how to put information into their work and put it in a way that is clear and concise. Examples will be included as well as a writing prompt.

It talks about the many reasons why an author may want to share information to the reader and how to remind the writer what they should appear in the writing as well as develop proper writing habits.

This lesson focuses on the persuasive aspect of writing.

The Purpose of Creative Writing:
Persuasion

This lesson focuses on the persuasive aspect of writing. Writers will learn what persuasion means in writing and how to persuade a reader using the modes of persuasion (ethos, pathos, or logos).

Examples will follow each mode of persuasion as well as a writing prompt using one of the modes of persuasion.

This can help the writer meet their goal of trying to get the reader to see from their perspective. This can be used for speech purposes as well.

This lesson focuses on channeling emotions in writing.

The Purpose of Creative Writing:
Channeling Emotion

This lesson talks about how to channel emotions from author to reader. Emotions include happiness, anger, or sadness depending on what the writer is writing about.

It will show students (or people who want to improve their writing) how to do it successfully.

Different methods include telling a joke, using a metaphor, telling a story, or simply using words to create the atmosphere. There are a few examples (for metaphor and storytelling) as well as a writing prompt.

Our Mission, Goals, & Objectives

The academic mission of Lebanon Valley College’s program in creative writing is to develop writing skills in a variety of modes and for a variety of audiences, while also developing abilities in critical thinking and creative problem solving. The program achieves these objectives through courses centered on craft, process, and aesthetic traditions in all of the genres we teach. Students are engaged through multiple experiences pertaining to creative writing: workshops, seminar courses, readings by visiting writers, internships, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Graduates of the creative writing program are equipped to work in a wide variety of fields and to pursue graduate study.

Creative Writing Department Goals and Objectives

Program Goal 1

Students will demonstrate the ability to comprehend complex texts and draw inferences from what they read.

Learning Outcomes: LVC’s Creative Writing majors successfully propose and present their analytical work at national and regional academic conferences and LVC’s Inquiry celebrations.

Program Goal 2

Students will demonstrate the ability to distinguish between works from various aesthetic approaches.

Learning Outcomes: LVC’s Creative Writing majors use their skills of discernment and aesthetic understanding as editors of Green Blotter, our campus literary magazine, and in contributing book reviews and other publications to the literary landscape.

Program Goal 3

Students will demonstrate the ability to use formal, aesthetic, and rhetorical conventions within the discipline.

Learning Outcomes: LVC’s Creative Writing majors have, in recent years, gone on to a variety of highly competitive graduate programs, earning teaching assistantships and merit-based fellowships in the United States and abroad.

Program Goal 4

Students will demonstrate the ability to write with clear expression and to specific purposes.

Learning Outcomes: LVC’s Creative Writing majors acquire sought-after internships and professional experiences in a variety of writing, editing, and content-creation fields.

For more information on learning goals and outcomes, contact [email protected]

Learning Goals & Outcomes

As a student of creative writing, you will create original works of literature, culminating in a significant, extended body of poetry, fiction, and/or creative nonfiction that manifests your artistic potential.

These literary works will demonstrate the following aspects of your craft:

your own voice and style as a writer, which you have discovered and developed

your use of the central subject matter that comes out of your own individual life experience and from your imagination

your understanding of the creative process as a forum for critical as well as intuitive thinking, as well as problem-solving

your awareness of the literary, cultural, and historical contexts within which you write, including the influence of past and present literary forms, structures, styles, and traditions on your artistic choices

(for poets): your ability to shape a poem in terms of lineation, stanza structure, rhythm, and sound; and to effectively work within the parameters of various poetic forms

(for fiction writers): your ability to invent and organize plot; develop character; modulate tone; make use of evocative imagery; and shape and control the formal in both modular and linear narratives

(for creative nonfiction writers): your ability to establish a distinctive voice and a clear sense of purpose; provide insightful reflection on the chosen subject matter; render vivid scenes complete with dialogue; distinguish between various types of nonfiction including memoir, personal essay, and literary journalism; and determine when and where to use research, as well as appropriate sources and research methods