In this class students will explore various approaches to writing poetry, short stories, and songs. They will use their memories and imaginations. Students will use literary devices to enrich their writing voices, as they create simple plotlines, complex characters, and song lyrics. Certain assignments will incorporate choices around style: self-expression, persuasive, or narrative. Students will learn how characters can exemplify their opinions or beliefs or do the opposite. Students are expected to love reading and writing and enjoy sharing their thoughts and ideas in front of a group. The class instructor will present a variety of poems, stories, and songs to serve as models for deepening our understanding of writing forms.
Faith Bates is a creative writer and English professor. She holds a BA in English from TESU and an MA in Creative Writing from Monmouth University. Faith teaches writing and composition at Monmouth University and has extensive experience tutoring students in English studies, essay-writing, and test prep. She is most passionate about nurturing confidence and creativity, and helping all writers find their voice.
LISA A. ILARIA
MA Graduate of Kean University. Writing and Literature Instructor at Ocean County College and Brookdale Community College. Thirty+ years teaching all levels of English and Writing at middle and high school levels. Private tutor. Freelance proofreading and editing of short stories, novels, business plans, research papers, etc. Author of personal stories and memoirs.