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


Language Arts 9

Technology Skills

  • Internet Navigation
  • Word Processing
  • Email Communication

Semester A Outline

• word play
• lyric and narrative poetry
• prose poetry
• creative nonfiction
• writing communities
• mixed art forms
• writing workshops
• collaboration
• self-publishing

Semester B Outline

• plays and screenplays
• comedy writing
• fiction genres
• character-driven plots
• roles of suspense, symbolism, and theme
• newer forms of fiction
• graphic fiction and other visual forms
• planning a novel