March 10, 2017

Purdue Northwest Curriculum Document

Program Name:


  • Document No: CHESS 16-53 NEW COURSE ENGL 30500
  • Proposed Effective Date: Fall 2017
  • Submitting Department: English/Chess
  • Date Reviewed by Department: February 24, 2017
  • Submission Date: March 10, 2017
  • Date Reviewed College/School Curriculum Committee: March 31, 2017
  • Form 40 Needed?: Yes
  • Contact Person: Bethany Lee, Assistant Professor of English

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  • Approval by Faculty Senate: May 5, 2017
  • Date Reviewed by Senate Curriculum Committee: 4/14/17
  • Name(s) of Library Staff Consulted: NA
  • Will New Library Resources Used?: No


Task: Course Change or New Course Proposal

  • Program Name(s):
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Section II: This section is for changes in courses only

  • Subject: Creative Writing as a Profession
  • Justification: This course will be a foundational course for the Creative Writing as a Profession Minor.  No existing course provides the skills students will develop in this course, especially in terms of teaching students the full process of creative writing publication, from submission to selection to editing to final product, but these are critical skills for students who wish to make a career in the creative writing field.




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ENGL 30500: Creative Writing as a Profession

An introduction to the industry practices of and for creative writers. Course will include introduction to various careers in and elements of publishing. Students will edit, design, and produce a student journal or similar publication.

Prerequisites: ENGL 10400

Class, 3, Lab 0 Credit 3



Course Objectives / Learning Outcomes

  1. Perform basic proofreading and copy editing of documents
  2. Gain an understanding of the structures for submitting and publishing creative work through a variety of outlets, such as magazines, journals, web publications, small presses, and large publishing houses
  3. Develop a working knowledge of a variety of careers in and related to creative writing
  4. Write pieces designed for a variety of audiences, formats, and media, including traditional and digital media
  5. Participate in the full editorial process for one or more student publications, including reading and selection of pieces, proofreading, writing copy, and layout and design
  • Impact on Students: This course will provide a practical framework for students who are interested in becoming creative writers, editors, and publishers.
  • Impact on University Resources: NA: The department already has the resources and faculty necessary to teach this course.
  • Impact on other Academic Units: NA