Course Overview

New for 2022! Creative Writing: Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry is offered in conjunction with Syracuse University’s acclaimed Creative Writing Program. The course provides extensive practice in the writing of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction through peer and teacher feedback, exposure to great literature, and helpful revision and editing techniques.

The six-week program focuses on grounding students in the essentials of creative writing. Instruction is equally divided between the three disciplines. Students will have the opportunity to build a portfolio of creative work through in-class and out-of-class exercises, modeling, and workshop.

The sessions are designed to foster a sense of the individual voice of the student and to teach the building blocks of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry through imitation of models. Narrative, voice, description, characterization, dialogue, image and metaphor, forms of poetry, and techniques of revision are explored. Students are instructed in all the stages of completing a creative work, including the generation of ideas, drafts, revision techniques, and editing. The class culminates in a reading, where the students are invited to share some of the writing they have worked on in the class.

All students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion and have the opportunity to request a Syracuse University credit transcript.

Course Objectives

  • Articulate what moves them about a specific piece of writing.
  • Discuss some formal elements of creative writing that are observed in writing read.
  • Explore some of these elements in their own work, whether choosing to incorporate similar forms of content or style.
  • Practice sharing vulnerably in front of peers.
  • Learn to give and receive helpful critiques on the writing of their peers.

“I loved building a connection with my TA and classmates, and spending time working on a subject I’m passionate about.”

— Ryan W., Summer College – Online Student 2021

Course Information

Course Prefix and Number: ENG 105

Format: On Location: Fisher Center, NYC (commuter, only)

Eligibility: Students must be of rising high school junior or senior status – or a 2022 high school graduate. Students must be able to commute to and from the Fisher Center location for class. 

Credit: 3 credits

Grading: A-F

Cost:

  • Commuter, only: $2,985

Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees. Discounts and scholarships are also available.


Program Information

Summer College – On Location: Experience what college is really like in one of Syracuse University’s homes on the west or east coasts! 


Course Dates and Details

ProgramCourse DatesLocationClass Time (Eastern Time)Credit/NoncreditStatus
Summer College – On Location6-Week Session: Tuesday, July 5 -Friday, Aug. 12, 2022Fisher Center, New YorkTTh;
4:45 – 8 p.m.
3 creditsClosed
Class times subject to change.

Course Requirements

Supplies

Students should budget for required textbooks and supplies.

Students are expected to show up for class with notebooks and the writing packets. Occasionally, they will be assigned some creative work to read or write out-of-class. Mainly, students should be prepared to read, write and share in class.

This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

Students are expected to be in class Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:45-8 p.m. for the duration of the six-weeks. The class will be split into three components focusing on fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. During the poetry section, students will do a combination of poetry analysis, discussion of poetic content/form, and in-class writing and sharing. Fiction and nonfiction sections will be run similarly. Students will also have workshops, a field trip, and opportunities to go outside to write and explore.

Field Trips

Potential field trips might include visits to museums or parks for inspiration. We might also have guest writers and literary agents come in to talk to students about the writing life. Past guest speakers have included a literary agent from Janklow & Nesbit and writers with work published in places like The New Yorker and Granta.

End Event

The end event will occur on the final day of class. There will be a reading where all students can share their favorite pieces of work with one another. Students will feel accomplished about their work and secure within the writing community that they have been immersed in for the two weeks.

Faculty Bios

Zeynep Özakat

Zeynep Özakat was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. Her writing has appeared in Glimmer Train Stories, where she won the Fiction Open Contest, in Black Warrior Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and in Gulf Coast. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University, where she received The Shirley Jackson Prize in Fiction, The Leonard Brown Prize in Poetry, and a Graduate Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Work. She is currently a 2021-2022 Fiction Fellow at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

In her experience teaching writing and literature to undergraduate students, she has found that everyone has a unique story to tell. She considers creative writing—whether it is fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction—to be one of the most effective communication methods. She aims to teach her students the basic techniques in writing, so that they can learn to tell their own stories, on their own terms, for there is power in being able to control a narrative. In her classes, students are encouraged to explore a breadth of different writers, voices, and styles, and are given the confidence to take risks within their own work.


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