E 210 - Beginning Creative Writing

  • 3 credits

Introduction to Creative Writing acquaints students to basic principles, techniques, and tools for writing literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. In this writing intensive course, students will read and write within a community designed to generate, share and discuss the work being created throughout the semester. Students are expected to work on their prose and/or poetry every day, outside of class. Semester activities include writing assignments, writing exercises, large group and small group discussions, a presentation, a literary reading response, and a fiction and poetry portfolio. The focus of the course is writing, so the emphasis is to practice throughout the three genres, and to read historical and contemporary examples of these genres.

By the end of the course, students participating in E 210 will be able to:

  • Identify techniques, tools, and individual elements of writing in the genres of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.
  • Analyze readings from three genres from wide and varied examples of published works.
  • Produce original works of writing in all three genres.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of editing and the revision process by rethinking, editing and revising their own writing throughout the semester.
  • Understand the writing workshop format through direct class experience.
  • Effectively articulate comments toward other students’ writing by integrating learned creative writing elements into responses.
  • Create two portfolios of original work, with revisions, in two of the three genres.

This course can be applied toward:


E 100 to 281 - at least 1 course.

Important Information

Because of the rapid nature of the course, please make sure all books are purchased before the course begins.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • A personal journal
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
    King, Stephen
  • The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry
    Addonizio, K. & Laux, D.
  • What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers, 3rd Ed.
    Bernays, A. & Painter, P.
    ISBN: 978-0205616886


Felicia Zamora


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