Courses in Creative Writing

Specific Course Descriptions by Semester

Creative writing courses are offered on the undergraduate level in poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting and screenplay writing. Graduate courses in creative writing include novel, poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting and screenplay writing. Creative writing courses taught by practicing writers include the following components: seminars, ensemble laboratories, and/or studio workshops. All creative writing courses are taught by practicing writers.

Students who are interested in creative writing also are encouraged to take courses in translation and vice versa. To learn more about translation courses and the Translation Workshop go to the following website: http://translation.utdallas.edu.

Course Lookup is the University's semester-by-semester guide to finding classes using a customized search. Consult it for general scheduling. Not all courses are taught each semester.

Undergraduate

CRWT 2301 Introductory Creative Writing An introduction to creative writing, the course will investigate and instruct students in the elementary approach to the process of creating original prose, poetry, and/or dramatic format works.. Prerequisite: RHET 1302

CRWT 3307 Creating Short Stories A creative workshop on the art of the short story which both investigates the creative techniques and processes involved in writing short stories. Prerequisite: CRWT 2301 or permission of instructor.

CRWT 3308 Creating Nonfictions A creative workshop built around the aesthetic techniques and aesthetic processes used to create essays, biographies, and autobiographies as works of art. Prerequisite: CRWT 2301 or permission of instructor

CRWT 3351 Creating Poetry A creative workshop on the art of poetry which investigates the creative techniques and processes involved in writing poems in various, often opposing, forms that combine the art of words with the visual and performing arts. Prerequisite: CRWT 2301 or permission of instructor

CRWT 3360 Art Criticism This seminar provides a context for practice in the writing of art criticism. Subjects selected for examination may include visual arts, film, dance, theater, music, fiction, and poetry. Prerequisite: ARTS 1301 or equivalent.

CRWT 4307 Creating Short Stories: Advanced An advanced workshop on the creation and theory of the short story that will focus both on structure and on creative techniques and creative process involved in writing sophisticated, challenging, and linguistically developed short stories. Prerequisite: CRWT 3307 or permission of instructor.

CRWT 4353 Creating Poetry: Advanced An advanced workshop on the creation, history, and theory of poetry that will focus on the creative techniques and the creative process involved in writing formalist, lyrical, free verse, and experimental poetry. Prerequisite: CRWT 3351 or permission of the instructor.

CRWT 4354 Creating Play, Movie, and Television Scripts An advanced workshop on the aesthetics, art, and creation of play, movie, and television scripts. Prerequisite: CRWT 2301 or permission of instructor.

Graduate

Courses available to MA and PhD students

HUAS 6350 Creating Poetry (3 semester hours) An investigation in a workshop environment of the aesthetics of the art and creation of poetry, focusing on the creative techniques and processes involved in producing poems and song lyrics in a variety of formalist, free verse, and experimental forms that combine verbal, written art with the visual and performing arts. Topics may vary. (May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6351 Creating Novels (3 semester hours) An investigation in a workshop environment of the aesthetics of the art and creation of the novel, focusing on the creative techniques and processes involved in producing novels in a variety of lyrical, experimental, and traditional forms that combine verbal, written art with the visual and performing arts. Topics may vary. (May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6352 Creating Television and Movie Scripts (3 semester hours) An investigation in a workshop environment of the aesthetics of art and creation of movie, multimedia, video, and television scripts, focusing on the creative techniques and processes involved in producing scripts in a variety of experimental and traditional forms that combine verbal, written art with acting, filmmaking, and production. Topics may vary. (May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6353 Creating Plays and Musicals (3 semester hours) An investigation in a workshop environment of the aesthetics of art and creation of drama, focusing on the creative techniques and processes involved in producing plays and musicals in a variety of experimental and traditional forms that combine verbal, written art with the musical and dramatic arts. Topics may vary. (May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6354 Creating Short Fictions (3 semester hours) An investigation in a workshop environment of the aesthetics of the art and creation of the short story and the novella, focusing on the creative techniques and processes involved in producing short stories in a variety of experimental and traditional forms that combine verbal, written art with the visual and performing arts. Topics may vary. (May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6355 Creating Nonfictions (3 semester hours) This workshop will draw from one or several nonfiction genres such as portraiture, historical accounts, essays, biography, and autobiography and will show how they are realized using techniques by the creation of art. Topics may vary but may include visual artists, filmmakers, composers, or other artists. (May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6380 Creating Poetry: Intermediate (3 semester hours) An intensive investigation into the forms (both ancient and modern), theories, and creations of poetry in a workshop environment that will focus on the creative techniques and processes involved in producing formalist, lyrical, free verse, and experimental poetry. Permission of the instructor and previous completion of HUAS 6350 are required. (May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6381 Creating Fiction: Intermediate (3 semester hours) An intensive investigation into the theories, aesthetics, and creation of fiction in a workshop environment that will focus both on structure and on creative techniques and creative process involved in producing sophisticated, challenging, and linguistically developed fictions. The course may emphasize the short story, novel, or novella. Permission of the instructor and previous completion of HUAS 6351 or HUAS 6354 are required. Topics may vary. (May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6383 Creating Scripts: Intermediate (3 semester hours) An intense investigation of the theory, history, aesthetics, art, and creation of play, movie, and television scripts in a workshop environment that will focus on the creative techniques and processes involved not only in the creation of film, play, and television scripts, but also in the production of plays, films, and television episodes. Permission of the instructor and previous completion of either HUAS 6352 or HUAS 6353 required. (May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6385 Creating Nonfictions: Intermediate (3 semester hours) An intensive investigation into the theory, aesthetics, and creation of biographies, autobiographies, and historical accounts in a workshop environment that will explore the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction and between art and reality. Permission of the instructor and previous completion of HUAS 6355 are required. (May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

Courses available to PhD students only

HUAS 7350 Advanced Topics in Creative Writing (3 semester hours) Advanced investigation of the theory, history, aesthetics, art, and creation of creative writing in a workshop environment. The course may focus on poetry, short stories, scripts or other genres. (May be repeated as topics vary for credit to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T