Creative Writing L&S
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
Creative writing offers students an opportunity to approach the object of their study from a new perspective: that of writing rather than reading. The objectives of this course are (1) to train students to read literary texts with an awareness of the writers’ poetic and narrative strategies; (2) to teach students to actively apply such literary techniques in their own writing of literary texts; (3) to introduce students to different theories on the relation between the writer and the meaning of the text. The course trains students' writing skills, aiming to foster a regular writing practice and a playfulness in approaching the act of writing that will sustain students' academic writing practice throughout their curriculum. The seminar setup of a small writing community also trains students in drafting and revising their texts, as well as in providing constructive feedback on each others' work.
The course combines reading of (recent) literary texts in English with an eye to their authors' poetic or narrative strategies with the fostering of a practice of creative writing, in which the studied techniques are used by students in their own literary texts.
Lecture; seminar; office hour .
TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
In-class Assignments (20%)
Weekly Reflections (20%)
Workshop Feedback (20%)
Final Draft of Creative Writing Piece with Reflection on Process and Changes (40%)
Students must have taken part in the modules “Literature, Culture, and Society” and “Literary Theory.”
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Some courses may require additional fees.