The Fine Arts Center Creative Writing program, under the guidance of a professional writer, enables each student to explore the creative possibilities of fiction, poetry, and drama, while learning valuable critical techniques in each genre. Limited enrollment provides daily, individual consultation with the instructor as each student develops a number of personalized writing projects.
Each student will have the opportunity to work on a variety of exercises. The term "writer's block," you will learn, is a non-existent illness. In the same manner that physical exercise strengthens the body over time, you will learn that daily reading and writing can only help you become a stronger writer.
The class consists of a workshop setting which allows for lecture, discussion, and in-class writing time. Students share and critique works in the informal seminar atmosphere, usually on a daily basis. Editing and publishing strategies are stressed as well. Also, interdisciplinary projects with other Fine Arts Center departments will continue to be an important part of the curriculum.
As works of merit accumulate during the year, these pieces are shared through community projects, public readings, and production of class literary publications.
Visiting writers and the workshops they conduct also serve to broaden the students' literary perspectives. The Fine Arts Center Creative Writing Program is a truly unique experience -- invaluable for those students interested in writing as a possible career and for those interested in the personal satisfaction that arises from the creation of a singularly individual piece of art.