Future Course Offerings - 2023/2024

Creative Writing

Tentative Course Offerings for Upcoming Semesters

(Conditional on enrolment and subject to change)

 Course

Fall 2023

Spring 2024

Summer 2024

CRWR 1100 - Introduction to Creative Writing I (online asynchronous, Surrey)

For online sections, please refer to the Moodle course for all info.

P

P

P

CRWR 1200 - Introduction to Craft and Process in Creative Writing (online asynchronous, Surrey) 

Online section will have weekly deadlines

P

P

P

CRWR 1240 - New Forms and Media: Networked Narratives

P

P

 

CRWR 2140 -Writing and Creativity on the Web

 

 

 

CRWR 2300 -Fiction and Poetry

P 

 P

 

CRWR 2900 - Special Topics: (Fall 2023) The Ecology of Creativity - How does creativity work? How do the words, images, objects, and products of creative practice emerge from our experiences within ourselves and with one another? How might we find unique solutions to common creative problems? What's the function of risk-taking in creative work? How do the environments we create for ourselves facilitate or corrode creative play? What's the right balance between open exploration and structured practice?

This class explores these questions from an evidence-based perspective, utilizing a large body of research from the domains of nonlinear pedagogy, constraints-led approaches, and ecological dynamics. Recent contributions from these fields have upended how we think about skill development, the role of experts, and the process of learning. In this class we will explore these developments and apply them to our creative practices.

Several sessions of this class will take place in local parks in Delta and Surrey. The scheduling of off-campus sessions is designed to accommodate participants who have classes on campus before or after these sessions. All park locations are within 30 minutes of campus by car, and carpooling options are often available (but not guaranteed) for those who use transit. Participants who are unable to attend any of the off-campus sessions due to challenges in transportation will be provided with other options.  

September 12: Watershed Park
September 19: Burns Bog
September 26: Boundary Bay Regional Park
October 3: Tynehead Regional Park
October 10: Deas Island Regional Park
October 17: Campbell Valley Regional Park
October 24: Kwomais Point Park
October 31: White Rock Pier
November 7: Redwood Park
November 14: Coastal Climbing Centre

Spring 2024 - Writing Horror - When we deeply consider the culture and times within which live, we are confronted with the very real horrors of lived experience for many peoples. For BIPOC who suffer within the systemic oppressions and abuses of white supremacy, to animals and beings suffering ecological genocide, to the age-old harms enacted upon the bodies of women, girls, queer and trans peoples, horror is not a fantasy, but all too real. How do we, as creative writers, work with the genre of horror to both unearth and express much needed cultural truths while also offering visions of transformation? 

 P

P

 

CRWR 3100 - Techniques in Short Fiction

P 

 

 

CRWR 3110 -Techniques in Poetry

 

 

 

CRWR 3120 - Screenwriting and Drama: Character and Dialogue

P 

 

 

CRWR 3130 - Creative Nonfiction: Writing from the self

P

 

 

CRWR 3140 - New Forms and Media: Sites and Platforms

 

P

 

CRWR 3200 - Short Fiction

 

 P

 

CRWR 3210 - Poetic Forms

 

P

 

CRWR 3220 - Screenwriting and Drama: Structure and Plot

 

P 

 

CRWR 3230 -Creative Nonfiction: Writing Beyond the Self

 

 

 

CRWR 3240 - New Forms and Media: Web Series

 

 

 

CRWR 3301 - Mythological Narratives

 

 

 
CRWR 3303 - The Business of Writing P 

CRWR 3400 - Advanced Special Topics (Spring 24) Writing the Epic - we will explore the intersectionality of the epic with myths, legends, fairy tales, and with culture, in the context of our exploration of literary forms (long poems; memoir/personal essays; fiction). Our work will delve into how we as writers might use culture to torque/twist/undermine/re-imagine ourselves into venerable traditions of epic storytelling, epic poetry making as well as mythmaking and legend creation so that a more diverse and representative reflection might shine out to others. Our goal in this class is to identify the tropes associated with epic tales, poetry, myths, fairy tales, legends, and culture and to employ them in our own writing; as well, to devise creation strategies for long form cross-genre creative work.

 (Summer 24) Freelancing - Part of the writing/publishing relationship involves finding the best venues for your creative work. In CRWR 3400 The Art of Freelancing students will write two polished pieces of work and then develop and put into practice strategies for finding places to publish them. This course will cover the basics of the creation/ pitch / submission/and acceptance or rejection process across a variety of mediums and genres, while also focusing on the nuts and bolts of freelancing as a business practice and income generator, alongside the fine arts of staying inspired and managing selfcare.

 PP
CRWR 4100 - Advanced Fiction WorkshopP  
CRWR 4110 - Advanced Poetry WorkshopP  
CRWR 4120 - Screenwriting and Drama: Advanced Workshop   
CRWR 4130 - Advanced Creative Nonfiction Workshop   
CRWR 4140 - Advanced New Forms and Media II   
CRWR 4150 - Writers' Studio P 
CRWR 4200 - Advanced Short Fiction ll   
CRWR 4210 - Advanced Poetry Workshop llP  
CRWR 4220 - Advanced Screenwriting II   
CRWR 4230 - Advanced Creative Nonfiction ll   
CRWR 4250 - The Writers' Studio II P 

*Multiple offerings of 1100 and 1200 in all semesters

Please contact the Department Co-Chairs, Jen Currin or Nicola Harwood, for questions regarding these courses or the programs we offer: jen.currin@kpu.ca, nicola.harwood@kpu.ca.

Please make an appointment with an Arts Degree Advisor for further information on how these courses will fit into your program: ArtsDegreeAdvising@kpu.ca

 


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