Creative Writing A&B

Course Description

Semester A

At the beginning of the semester, students consider the importance of word play exercises in improving their facility with language while building a compelling and creative writing style. Focusing on word nuances and precision, later lessons guide students to write in a variety of short modes—including poetry, song lyrics, prose poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction. There are several opportunities for peer review in this semester, during which students learn best practices for participating in writing workshops, and then revise their work using feedback from their peers.


Semester B

This semester focuses on longer works of fiction: short stories, plays, and novels. Students learn basic techniques of plot and character development along with strategies for creating suspense and building a theme, and they have opportunities to write in several different genres. Lessons cover a few special topics as well, including graphic novels, animation, comedy, and improvisation. Students apply what they have learned about writing workshops and revising to the longer pieces of writing they create for this semester.

Course Requirements

Grade Level



basic art supplies
digital camera, camera phone, or scanner


2 Semesters

Credit Value



Language Arts 9

Semester A

Major Concepts:

Wordsmithing 101
Life Distilled
Writing Together
Prose Meets Poetry
Odds and Ends
Play Time

Semester A Syllabus

Semester B

Major Concepts:

A Little Longer
When Character Counts
Meaning More
Something Special
Guided Imagery
Going Long

Semester B Syllabus