Character, Plot and Stylistic Development

Course Code: WRIT 5003

Academic Year: 2020-2021

This course introduces students to the idea of major and minor characters, the protagonist and antagonist as well as character' psychological development and growth in creative writing. Students dissect various creative writing genres in order to assess the overall story line and plot. They also examine the strategies used for beginning stories, such as starting with generalizations, descriptions of characters, narrative summaries, dialogue, descriptions of settings and reminiscent narrators. They learn to define style and contrast the meaning of showing and telling in fiction and creative non-fiction. This course covers various style devices and how they can limit or strengthen a work.