XCOM-500 Fundamentals of Dynamic Creative Writing

XCOM-500 Fundamentals of Dynamic Creative Writing

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Course Details

The aim of this workshop is to provide participants with the fundamentals of dynamic creative writing, both as a way to learn artful storytelling through fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and to develop specific stylistic skills for general and professional discourse. These objectives will be accomplished through in-class writing exercises, close study of innovative contemporary writers, and detailed discussion of participant work. Peer evaluation will allow the writer to understand how an audience reacts to a piece of their writing, a sounding board not normally available to writers. Likewise, participants will become stronger evaluators of their own writing in creative and professional contexts.

We will read the work of influential writers to observe how they craft inventive techniques and styles so that participants can adapt them to develop their own unique voice. The course will cover these specific techniques, as well as others:

  • character development
  • narrative structure
  • creative research
  • imagery
  • prosody
  • figurative devices

Many of these can translate into skills for copywriting, job search writing, design, marketing, video production, and speech writing.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Write a short story that uses character development, setting, voice, and narrative arc to engage the audience.
  • Write either narrative journalism or a memoir-style essay that uses creative research, reflection, and suppositional language to inform and engage the audience.
  • Compile a small collection of poems that demonstrate fresh imagery, alliteration, assonance, figurative language, and lyrical storytelling.


Course Registration

This course is an open enrollment course. No application is required and registration is available by clicking "Add to Cart" below.

Current students must register with their Georgetown NetID and password. New students must first create an account and password through the Student Portal prior to registration. After your account is created, you will receive your Georgetown NetID via email. When you have your Georgetown NetID and password, continue registration by clicking "Add to Cart", logging in, and following the steps to complete checkout. Course registration is complete when payment is processed and you receive a confirmation email.

Withdrawals & Refunds

Withdrawals and refunds are processed based on the Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

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More Information

For more information or to speak with a program advisor, please complete the Request More Information Form, send an email to ccpeprograms@georgetown.edu, or call (202) 687-7000.


XCOM-500 - 01 Fundamentals of Dynamic Creative Writing    
2015 - Fall 2015 Non-Credit   Status:  Available
Class:   Tue 6:30PM - 9:30PM
8 Sep 2015 to 13 Oct 2015
Class Schedule: 6 Sessions
Contact Hours: 18.0
Course Tuition:
Tuition non-credit    495.00
Potential Discount(s):
Alumni Discount
Novant Health Discount
Location:   Main Campus
Building:   640 Mass Ave
Instructors: Laura Stokes

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