Foundations of Creative Writing

ENG 625D 001

Foundations of Creative Writing

TH 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Kuykendall 208


Instructor: Dr. Craig Santos Perez


Course Description


This course will focus on the six “foundations” of creative writing: 1) creative writing methods and techniques; 2) workshop models and revision practices; 3) the history of creative writing programs; 4) creative writing theory and pedagogy; 5) community-engaged creative writing; and 6) publication and circulation. The theme for all the 625 Foundations courses this semester is “The Environment.”


Throughout the semester, students will produce original work in their genre (poetry, fiction, or nonfiction), experience different types of workshop models, and revise their writing into publishable work. Additionally, we will read and discuss the history of creative writing programs and the pedagogies of teaching creating writing at different levels and in various contexts. We will also discuss the intersections of creative writing with class, race, gender, sexuality, disability, and place. Moving outside the classroom, we will explore and participate in different forms of community-engaged creative writing. Lastly, we will learn about the publication and circulation of creative writing in print and online journals, chapbooks and small presses, literary contests and prizes, and via online platforms and social media.


Student Learning Outcomes


In this course, students will develop a foundational knowledge of creative writing history, theories and pedagogical methods; an understanding of advanced creative writing techniques in the genres of poetry, fiction, and non-Fiction; an aptitude for independent writing and research; and the ability to contextualize one’s own creative writing within broader artistic and scholarly debates and traditions.




Excerpts from the following texts, along with many others, will be provided by the instructor:


Creative Writing in America: Theory and Pedagogy


Critical Creative Writing: Essential Readings on the Writer’s Craft.


Blueprints: Bringing Poetry into Communities.


Power and Identity in the Creative Writing Classroom.


The Elephants Teach: Creative Writing Since 1880.




Write and revise original creative writing related to the theme, “The Environment.”

Participate in creative writing workshops.

Read and write short responses to course texts.

Engage in class discussions and group activities related to creative writing

history, theory, and pedagogy.

Attend and organize community-engaged creative writing events.

Submit creative writing for publication and circulation.

Present at the in the departmental colloquia related to our joint theme.