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  • Objectives
    You will begin by reviewing the basics of writing: the structure, major concepts in aesthetic criticism, and managing the writing process. While reviewing the basics, you will have an opportunity to read examples of different genres and discuss these with a view to developing a well-rounded appreciation of quality in creative writing. You will also develop your writing style by producing works suitable for publication in your choice of venue.
  • Entry requirements
    This certificate program is for anyone who wants to explore their potential as a writer in a practical, constructive and goal-oriented academic environment.
  • Academic Title
    Creative Writing Certificate
  • Course description
    OLRN1042      Writing Grammatically (Internet)
    Description: This course explains the rules of English grammar in a comprehensive, easy-to-follow manner. Beginning with a review of parts of speech, the course provides an in-depth explanation of sentence structuring and culminates in a practical review of paragraphing.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1045     Understanding Literature (Internet)

    Description: Understanding Literature acquaints students with the tools necessary to appreciate literature critically by reviewing literary history and examining different genres. Students will explore themes and conventions associated with these genres and develop an understanding of literary analysis and various critical approaches. For creative writing students, this course will provide a framework in which to appreciate and evaluate their own writing.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1090     Writing - Project Management (Internet)

    Description: This course enables students to build confidence in their writing abilities by advocation in a project-management based approach to writing. Students will learn practical techniques for generating and organizing ideas as well as sound planning procedures that will define the project as a series of realizable steps.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

          Electives: Program Option   
     
    Description: Student must complete a minimum of 90 Hours

    Elective Courses:

    OLRN1003     Romance Writing (Internet)

    Description: Romance Writing explores the art and craft of writing for the growing romance fiction market. Through lectures, examples, and lots of research, students will develop their skills in the creating engrossing plots and settings, and engaging characters, as well as researching the growing and changing market for romance oriented fiction.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1040     Poetry Writing (Internet)
    Description: Poetry writing provides skills necessary for the creation, development, and marketing of publishable poems. Students will receive a printed and bound collection of their best works.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1110     Writing Short Stories (Internet)

    Description: Writing Short Stories is an introductory course for the aspiring story writer which focuses on the particularities of this literary genre. Character development, narrative unity and plot construction are explored by analyzing selected short stories and participating in writing exercises. In the latter part of the course, students follow a step-by-step approach to producing a story suitable for publication. The process of submission for publication, as well as the various opportunities for publication, will be examined.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1295     Introduction To Children's Literature (Internet)

    Description: Recommended: College-level English or equivalent.
    This subject will explore and evaluate the fiction, poetry, and non-fiction genres of children's literature with their historical contexts as they apply.
    Hours: 42
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1950     Writing For Publication I (Internet)
    Description: The general objective of this course is to introduce students to creative writing and the publishing process. Students will follow the various steps of manuscript preparation, including conferencing, editing and proofreading. Students will examine the writer's craft using a wide range of professional works as models.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

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