This course provides a chance for students to explore the craft of writing – poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction – to discover what they want to say about themselves and their individual perspectives in and through written language. Students will discuss a variety of creative composition strategies, including figurative language, sound, imagery, voice, and style. They will read poems, personal essays, short stories, and essays on the craft of writing as inspiration for their own work in these genres. While students may take the course for one semester (fall or spring), they are encouraged to take the course more than once to develop their writing skills and personal writing processes. Each semester of creative writing will involve new readings and writing assignments to foster exploration for students taking the course more than one semester.