The purpose of the course is to encourage students to think about language in novel and interesting ways. By analyzing various published pieces of writing, students learn techniques for crafting their own work as well as for creating their own aesthetic. Workshopping of drafts and writing of short fiction and poetry will all help students to recognize creative work as serious writing and an art leading to a richer personal and professional life.

This is a beginning course in writing poetry, narrative, and short fiction with emphasis on invention, craft, and critique of student writing and published works. This course is designed as a semester length class, and enrollment should be restricted to juniors or seniors.

Dr. Holly Baumgartner currently teaches in the English Department at Lourdes College, Sylvania, Ohio. Holly holds a doctoral degree in rhetoric and writing.