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Introduction to Creative Writing

These are the pages for Introduction to Creative Writing. Each page has both a video and accompanying text. A playlist of all the videos (videos only; no text) is also provided below.


Exploring Imagination and Creativity

Jan. 6, 2024, 3:24 p.m. • Ross Laird

This course is focused on cultivating creativity, wonder, and engagement with the traditions of reading and writing. The core theme of the course involves the development...

Assessment & Evaluation

An Evidence-Based Learning Environment

Jan. 6, 2024, 3:52 p.m. • Ross Laird

The principles and methods used in this class are grounded in a large body of research that explores the elements of an evidence-based learning environment. Those elements include self-direction,...

Writing Project

A Scene from the Story of Your Life

Jan. 6, 2024, 3:51 p.m. • Ross Laird

You are telling a story, about yourself, every day. It’s a story about what you believe, what you like and dislike, how you will act, what you will say (or not say), and ...

Projects Overview

Following through on Your Creativity

Jan. 6, 2024, 3:50 p.m. • Ross Laird

Writing is a deep skill – the type of skill that is complex, diverse, and personally challenging. As with all deep skills, learning to write well is hard. There are so many factors that contribut...

Self-awareness Project

Creativity is a Journey Inward

Jan. 6, 2024, 3:49 p.m. • Ross Laird

The self-awareness project is an opportunity to reflect upon the depth of your experience in the course. How did it go? What happened? What did you notice? What was diffi...

Reading Project

It All Begins with Reading

Jan. 6, 2024, 3:51 p.m. • Ross Laird

The goal of this project is for you to read a book and reflect on the experience of reading. The project is not a book report and is likely different from other reading p...