Our introduction to creative writing takes seriously the idea that to write creatively is both a craft and a practice. A craft meaning: writing is something that can be taught, can be learned, and can be improved with time and practice. A practice meaning: creative writing must be a habitual act that you dedicate yourself to without the promise of a quick or easy reward. This class will tend to both the craft of creative writing by introducing some of the core conventions of both poetry and prose. This class will tend to the practice of creative writing by asking you to engage in many reading, writing, and revising exercises and introducing the ways in which communities of writers work together to strengthen each others’ work.