This course uses creative writing as a means to improve English writing and reading skills. Looking at short stories and passages from novels, we will examine how writers structure their narratives using elements such as dialogue, characterization and description. Subsequently, we will apply our findings to our own short fictional texts. In each of the sections of the course, we will determine how creative writing can help us develop broader language skills. For instance, our examination of dialogue in fiction will allow us to discuss spoken English and how it can be represented in prose. Since the course regards creative writing as a collective act, all students participating in the course are expected to read their work aloud in class or to allow other students to read their texts.