Creative writing classes are coming back to campus.
And it’s about to get more intense.
The Creative Writing Program at Penn State announced on Thursday that it is launching a new four-month program that will expand the number of Creative Writing classes and allow students to create original content for the web.
“This is a very exciting opportunity to create content and expand my reach,” said student Emma DeBoe, who will take the class.
“This is going to be a great opportunity to show people what I’m capable of, and to expand my audience.”
Students will take creative writing courses online at PennState’s Creative Writing Lab, located at the Penn State Media and Communications Center, and the classes will be taught by faculty members who are also working as part of the Creative Writing Institute.
Penn State is adding about 1,400 creative writing professors to the program.
DeBoe said she is excited about the new program because it will give students the chance to build their skills.
“The program is going from the online to the classroom to the online classroom,” she said.
“It’s going to provide a whole new set of opportunities for creative writing.”
DeBoes first class will be her second class as a Creative Writing instructor.
Her first class, a course in writing and communication, was held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
DeSantis said the new classes will allow her to focus on her writing skills while working toward her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing.
“I think that the online classes are great for students who are interested in writing but they are also great for those who are more interested in the teaching,” DeSantis explained.
“We’re hoping to have a lot of creative students, as well as students who don’t necessarily write as well.”
DeSantis said she will teach her classes on a weekly basis through the summer, which is when she plans to move into a teaching position.
She hopes the new courses will give her students an opportunity to make a living and have a sense of ownership over their writing.
“If they do well, I think they’ll be able to write better,” she added.
“In order to be successful, you have to have the ability to work hard and get up in the morning and get back in the classroom and learn the same thing again and again and then you can start to create something.”
DeBoE, the Director of the Department of Creative Communication, said she was very proud of the students who signed up for the new Creative Writing class.
“We’re thrilled to be able, at this point in time, to have them in our program,” she explained.
“It’s a great chance to expand the breadth of what they can do.”
DeDoes first Creative Writing course will be on Aug. 16.
The next classes will begin on Aug