Fiction and Poetry
- Grades 7-11
- Language Arts
Saul Bellow said, "A writer is a reader moved to emulation.” This course draws inspiration from the published works, journals, and drafts of writers such as Alice Munro, John Updike, Rita Dove, and Li-Young Lee. As a class, we’ll learn to read like writers by examining a range of content, styles, structures, and techniques. You’ll debate the distinction between the realistic and the fantastic in works such as Gabriel García Márquez’s I Sell My Dreams and the value of imagery in Elizabeth Bishop’s The Fish. While writing short fiction and poetry in various forms, we’ll workshop drafts with your classmates under the guidance of your instructor, building a community that fosters your development as writers. You’ll not only learn to tactfully give and receive criticism, but also to refine your work, building a common understanding of how voice, style, and structure constitute strong poetry and prose.
Note: This course focuses on realistic literary fiction and poetry. The genres of science fiction, fantasy, romance, and mystery are not part of this course.
Typical class size: 16-18
- Read a wide range of short fiction and poetry from various times and regions worldwide
- Analyze key elements and techniques of notable works of realistic literary fiction and poetry, including how voice, style, and structure constitutes strong poetry and prose
- Demonstrate strong description, careful word choice, attention to form, and consistent tone in your writing
- Employ various literary devices and techniques in personal pieces of fiction and poetry
- Apply critical thinking to the study of fiction and poetry, demonstrating learning of concepts and approaches covered throughout the course
- Engage in the writing workshop process, learning to edit and revise works based on feedback
Summer Dates & Locations
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Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $50 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $250 (outside US only)
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About Language Arts at CTY
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