IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

Course Descriptions

CRWR101 Creative Nonfiction (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the writing of prose nonfiction that includes personal essay, memoir and invented forms. (Prerequisite or Corequisite: ENGL101)

CRWR111 Poetry Writing I (3 credits)

This course is a study of the basic elements of poetry writing with emphasis placed on modern forms and techniques.

CRWR121 Playwriting I (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the writing of plays with concentration on form and techniques.

CRWR131 Fiction Writing I (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the writing of prose fiction. Primary emphasis will be placed upon the short story, but aspects of the novel and novella will also be studied. (Prerequisite or Corequisite: ENGL101)

CRWR141 Screenwriting I (3 credits)

An introduction to screenwriting focusing on the short—10-30 minute screenplay—including idea generation, story and character development, story structure, dialogue, formatting, and script-toscreen production concerns. (Prerequisite: ENGL102; Corequisite: NMAD210)

CRWR151 Student Anthology I (3 credits)

This course enables students to select, edit, design and publish an anthology of writing. Each student critiques and evaluates each submitted work. (Prerequisite: CRWR201 or CRWR211 or CRWR221 or CRWR231)

CRWR201 Creative Nonfiction II (3 credits)

A continuation of Creative Nonfiction, focusing on further exploration of the writing of creative nonfiction, including memoir and the personal essay, and on techniques of prosody, exposition, descriptive detail, and narrative voice. (Prerequisite: CRWR101; Corequisite: CRWR261)

CRWR211 Poetry Writing II (3 credits)

This intermediate course focuses on the process of writing poetry, taking risks and developing voice, and using the critical vocabulary to critique constructively. (Prerequisite: CRWR111; Corequisite CRWR261)

CRWR221 Playwriting II (3 credits)

This is an intermediate course for students to further develop their playwriting skills, using the critical vocabulary to critique constructively. (Prerequisite: CRWR121; Corequisite CRWR261)

CRWR231 Fiction Writing II (3 credits)

An intermediate workshop for students in the writing of prose fiction, designed for those who have mastered the fundamentals of fiction writing. (Prerequisite: CRWR131; Corequisite CRWR261)

CRWR241 Screenwriting II (3 credits)

A continuation of Screenwriting I, focusing on refining the thirty-minute scripts developed in Screenwriting I and in developing and drafting the feature 90 to 120 minute screenplay, including idea generation, story and character development, story structure, dialogue, formatting, and script-to-screen production concerns. (Prerequisite: CRWR141; Corequisite: NMAD310)

CRWR250 Thesis I (3 credits)

This course is for second-year Creative Writing majors and minors, and requires students to assemble a portfolio of their best writing in all genres—fiction, poetry, plays, and nonfiction—for assessment. It includes a review of contemporary literature. (Prerequisite: Major or minor in creative writing and second-year standing)

CRWR251 Student Anthology II (3 credits)

This course enables students to refine the skills learned in Student Anthology I and oversee all aspects of production. (Prerequisite: CRWT151)

CRWR261 Writing Lab I (1 credit)

This course is for students in Level II creative writing workshops and will focus on reinforcing students’ skills in grammar, punctuation, mechanics and usage (Corequisite: CRWR201 or CRWR211 or CRWR221 or CRWR231)

CRWR290 Internship I (1 to 6 credits)

This course is a contract internship with the student, the host institution and the IAIA Creative Writing Program. The student will have an opportunity to spend concentrated time with professionals in work in publications, public relations, publishing, journalism, theater, or performing arts organizations. This internship may be taken after the first year. (Prerequisite: Second-year standing)

CRWR295 Apprenticeship I (1 to 6 credits)

This is an apprenticeship with an individual artist in creative writing. (Prerequisite: Second-year standing)

CRWR298 Independent Study in Creative Writing (1-3 credits)

The purpose of an independent study is to provide for the unique interests, specific passions, and artistic direction of a student who seeks opportunities to direct his/her own learning in order to fulfill personal educational goals. (Prerequisite: Second-year standing)

CRWR301 Creative Nonfiction III (3 credits)

A continuation of Creative Nonfiction II, focusing on further exploration of the writing of creative nonfiction, including memoir and the personal essay, and on techniques of prosody, exposition, descriptive detail, and narrative voice. (Prerequisite: CRWR201; Corequisite CRWR361)

CRWR311 Poetry Writing III (3 credits)

This course is an advanced workshop for students concentrating on poetry writing. (Prerequisite: CRWT211; Corequisite CRWR361)

CRWR312 Cross Cultural Collaboration in Poetry (3 credits)

This course will allow student to work with another cultural community, sharing beliefs, oral and written histories, and world views, while sharing their Native heritages. Collaborative works will be written, allowing for greater understandings of similarities and differences between cultures. (Corequisites: CRWR312L)

CRWR312L Cross Cultural Collaboration in Poetry Lab (1 credit)

This course is for student enrolled in Cross-Cultural Collaboration in Poetry and focuses on public reading skills and presentation. Guest speakers will lecture when possible. (Corequisites: CRWR312)

CRWR321 Playwriting III (3 credits)

This course is an advanced workshop for students concentrating on playwriting. (Prerequisite: CRWR221; Corequisite CRWR361)

CRWR331 Fiction Writing III (3 credits)

This course is an advanced workshop for students concentrating on fiction writing. (Prerequisite: CRWT231; Corequisite CRWR361)

CRWR341 Screenwriting III (3 credits)

A continuation of Screenwriting II, focusing on refining the feature scripts developed in Screenwriting II. The course will focus especially on story structure, character development, story production concerns, using scene and story analysis to produce a polished draft, suitable for production. (Prerequisite: CRWT241; NMAD410)

CRWR351 Student Anthology III (3 credits)

This course enables students to refine the skills learned in Student Anthology II and to oversee all aspects of production. (Prerequisite: CRWR251)

CRWR361 Writing Lab II (1 credit)

This course is for students in Level III creative writing workshops. The course focuses on creating artful sentences through syntax, rhythm, sentence structure and length, style and other creative rhetorical strategies. (Corequisite: CRWR301 or CRWR311 or CRWR321 or CRWR331)

CRWR370 The Chapbook (3 credits)

Students will produce a body of related work (10-20 pages) for production in a chapbook. They will workshop that work, edit it, format it, and print it in a chapbook (the chapbook itself will be produced in the accompanying lab). Students will also explore the history of the chapbook as a literary format. Students will choose a format appropriate to their chapbooks and produce a completed chapbook by semester’s end. (Corequisite: CRWR370L)

CRWR370L The Chapbook Lab (1 credit)

Students are required to take this lab with CRWR370 The Chapbook. In this lab we will explore various approaches to the chapbook, including accordion books, Japanese stab bindings, scrolls, Chinese stitched bindings, concertina books, and wrapped-back bindings. Students will choose a format appropriate to their chapbooks and produce a completed chapbook by semester’s end

CRWR390 Colloquia (3 credits)

The course provides a mechanism for exploring, in seminar form, a variety of topics and issues that impact major programs and individual disciplines. Different courses will be offered each semester depending on the availability of faculty and student interest. (Prerequisites: IDST101; ENGL102, plus one 200 level course in an appropriate discipline)

CRWR398 Independent Study in Creative Writing (1-3 credits)

The purpose of an independent study is to provide for the unique interests, specific passions, and artistic direction of a student who seeks opportunities to direct his/her own learning in order to fulfill personal educational goals. (Prerequisite: Third-year standing)

CRWR401 Creative Nonfiction IV (3 credits)

A continuation of Creative Nonfiction III, focusing on further exploration of the writing of creative nonfiction, including memoir and the personal essay, and on techniques of prosody, exposition, descriptive detail, and narrative voice. (Prerequisite: CRWR301; Corequisite CRWR46)

CRWR411 Poetry Writing IV (3 credits)

This course is a continuation of Poetry Writing III with emphasis on refining skills and revising poems. (Prerequisite: CRWR311; Corequisite CRWR461)

CRWR421 Playwriting IV (3 credits)

This course is a continuation of Playwriting III, with emphasis on refining skills and revising and extending plays. (Prerequisite: CRWR321; Corequisite CRWR461)

CRWR431 Fiction Writing IV (3 credits)

This course is a continuation of Fiction Writing III, with emphasis on refining skills and revising and extending stories or writing a novel. (Prerequisite: CRWR331; Corequisite CRWR461)

CRWR441 Screenwriting IV (3 credits)

A continuation of Screenwriting III, focusing on techniques of dramatic structure, dialogue, characterization , and other elements of screenwriting. Students will refine an extant feature script or write and revise a new one. (Prerequisite: CRWR341)

CRWR450 Thesis II (4 credits)

This course enables fourth-year Creative Writing majors to select, edit, revise, refine and complete a thesis portfolio that contains representative works in all genres of creative writing (poetry, fiction, playwriting, creative nonfiction) written during their junior and senior years. There will be a review of technical terms and trends in contemporary poetry, fiction and drama to insure a sound knowledge of literature. (Prerequisite: Major in creative writing and fourth-year standing)

CRWR451 Student Anthology IV (3 credits)

This course enables students to refine the skills learned in Student Anthology III and to oversee all aspects of production. (Prerequisite: CRWR351)

CRWR460 Special Topics in Creative Writing (3 credits)

This course allows students to pursue an extended work, such as a long poem, a collection of related poems, a screenplay, novel, linked stories or a graphic novel. (Prerequisite: any Level III workshop)

CRWR461 Writing Lab III (1 credit)

This course is for students in Level IV creative writing workshops. The course focuses on editing with a writer’s eye and ear to significantly improve a piece of writing. (Corequisite: CRWR401 or CRWR411 or CRWR421 or CRWR431)

CRWR470 Text/Image Collaboration (3 credits)

This workshop explores how creative writing can be integrated with visual images to create a singular work of art. (Prerequisite: any Level III workshop)

CRWR490 Internship II (1 to 6 credits)

This course is a contract internship with the student, the host institution and the IAIA Creative Writing Program. The student will have an opportunity to spend concentrated time with professionals in work in publications, public relations, publishing, journalism, theater, or performing arts organizations. (Prerequisite: Third-year standing)

CRWR495 Apprenticeship II (1 to 6 credits)

This is an apprenticeship with an individual artist in creative writing. (Prerequisite: Third-year standing)

CRWR498 Independent Study in Creative Writing (1 to 3 credits)

The purpose of an independent study is to provide for the unique interests, specific passions, and artistic direction of a student who seeks opportunities to direct his/her own learning in order to fulfill personal educational goals. (Prerequisite: Fourth-year standing)