The Creative Writing Program provides guidance, support and numerous opportunities for young writers. Students in the creative writing program study and create poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, novels, plays, and screenplays. The goal of the program is to help young writers cultivate their talents and broaden their command of the writer's craft.
The program guides students from an entry-level understanding of creative writing to a more robust building of skills in the craft during the middle year. Ultimately, eighth-graders in the program create a capstone project of either a portfolio of polished pieces in Advanced Writers Workshop or a middle-grade novel in Novel Writing.
Year 1: Creative Writing I - Introduction to Creative Writing. An overview of short story, poetry, nonfiction, drama, etc. (year-long)
Year 2: Choose Two (all semester-long):
Creative Writing II - Students read and write in a variety of genres.
Narrative Writing - Students read and write short stories and narrative nonfiction.
Scriptwriting - Students write one-act plays or screenplays for short films.
Poetry - Students read and write poems, exploring various aspects of the poetic craft.
Year 3: Choose One (both year-long):
Novel Writing - Students write a middle-grade novel.
Advanced Writer’s Workshop/Literary Magazine - Students create a portfolio of polished pieces. Students review submissions and create the literary magazine, Muse.
For additional information, please do not hesitate to call the Lamar Creative Writing Faculty: