This course will empower you explore your creative thoughts through reading in and experimenting with three genres: poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. So much of college life will involve sorting out the sense of self you had when you arrived from the varying identities you’ll have an opportunity to adopt. Short lectures on craft and mechanics for each genre, writing exercises, discussion of readings, and interactive peer workshops will help you navigate the creative writing and revision process and make sense of your evolving worldviews and artistic voices. Peer workshops also will help you learn the importance of respectfully giving and receiving constructive feedback on your work’s resonance with an audience. We'll be using exercises from Janet Burroway's Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft and Steve Kowit's In the Palm of Your Hand as we explore these genres.