Creative Writing provides students with ample opportunities to combine literary creativity with the discipline of written discourse. The concept of the manipulation of language to convey ideas, feelings, moods, and visual images should be the basis of the course. Students become familiar with standard literary elements through the reading and study of published prose and poetry and are taught to use those elements in their own writing. Additionally, students learn strategies for evaluating and responding to their own writing and the writing of others in a peer-sharing component. In this peer-sharing component, students receive specific training in providing constructive, substantive feedback. Representative models of literary excellence will also be studied.