Courses offered in Creative and Professional Writing Programme
Artistic Creativity and Aesthetics Awareness
This course aims to (1) introduce artistic creativity as one of the best inventions of the human mind and the sense of beauty as an important dimension of being humane; (2) introduce major principles and theories of art to help students understand various artistic creative processes and their products; (3) enhance students’ critical thinking on artistic phenomena and their reflections on the artistic developments in different social and cultural contexts; (4) encourage students to develop their own artistic abilities, and prepares them to create, appreciate, understand and review works of art critically; and (5) enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of Chinese and Western aesthetics, and the classical and modern masterpieces produced from these aesthetic theories.
Creativity: Theory and Practice
This course aims to help students acquire a systematic and up-to-date knowledge of the meanings of creativity from theoretical and descriptive points of view, with experiential learning methods to engage students in exploring their own creative potential and especially the practical applications of writing.
This course aims at introducing to students a particular genre of personal writing, the biography. In this reading and writing course, students will conceptualise, research, write and revise biographical narratives. Questions of how to structure and select, how lives can be written in an authentic way, and how to do justice to other’s lives will be tackled. Students will also experience, through appreciating masterpieces of biographical writing, the diverse ways in which other authors have also written lives.
Food, Wine and Travel Writing for the Leisure Industry
The course aims to enhance students’ cultural literacy through appreciating a variety of bilingual texts from different genres themed around food, wine and travelling, which offer creative inspiration and critical insights for students’ creative and professional writing.
Editing and Publishing
This course aims at fostering a comprehensive understanding of the nature, operations, historical development, and ongoing dramatic changes in publishing as a creative industry. It attempts to train students to master the core editing skills of English and Chinese publishing for both print and electronic books, to enhance the students’ competence to apply basic editing skills to all media forms, and to develop students’ competitive advantage in the newly evolving industrial environment.
|WRIT 2015/HUMN 2015||
Writing Seminar: Workshop in Creative Writing
This course deals with the major creative writing genres, such as poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama for developing students’ writing skills. Students will examine the major creative writing genres through practice and critical analysis, explore the rich diversity of modern literary writings, and read representative works in English and Chinese that will parallel the writing exercises in both languages.
Writing for Science
The course aims to introduce the interested student to the excitement and challenge of science writing, which concerns itself with the communication of scientific knowledge and discovery to the educated layman.
Writing for Business
The course aims to help students write effectively in work situations and learn writing as it exists in business and the professions. It prepares students to be effective writers and communicators in the workplace. Successful professional writing in business field does not only meet certain formal requirements but it also achieves the writer’s goals and meets the reader’s needs. The course also helps students analyze howtextual genre function in business and professional settings, and assist them gain extensive individualand collaborative writing practice in these genres and acquire expertise in applying persuasive techniques and in problem solving.
This course aims at introducing to students how copywriting in advertising is different from general writing, and how it can play an important part in selling a brand, a product or a service. In this course, we will conceptualize advertising writing in relation to advertising strategy, big idea, target audience and medium. Real-life case studies and references will be used to inspire. As students learn from these examples, they will be required to apply the basic knowledge to write against advertising job brief.
|WRIT 2026/WRIT 3016||
Special Topic in Creative Writing
This course aims to provide an opportunity for students to study in depth selected topics related to the study of creative writing. This course would be offered with different contents. Special topic on creative non-fiction, poetry, or fiction may focus on a particular theme, sub-genre, or problem. Topics could include writing that engages with the public affairs; writing that engages with a particular place such as Kowloon City; writing that combines genres or works intertextually; writing that engages with new media; literary work that engages with visual arts, music, video, or vocal performance.
Reading Masterpieces and Writing Your Own
The course aims to help students acquire a wide overview of the major works of literature and non-literature, with a focus on some of the biggest names and works in and beyond the Chinese and Western histories. By reading and discussing selected exemplars in different literary and non-literary genres of different traditions, this course helps students choose various topical areas to research followed by writing assignments in the same genres leading to their final writing project.
|WRIT 3006/HUMN 3016||
Professional Writing Practicum: Essentials of the Craft Writing
This course aims to (1) enable students to cope with the writing tasks in the commercial and public fields of employment in Hong Kong; (2) help student grasp and understand the functional forms of writing in both English and Chinese; and (3) teach students the intellectual and practical skills necessary for effective communication in the commercial field.
Writing for New Media
This course examines how digital technological changes impact the practice of writing and explores various methods of writing for new media, such as websites, blogs, wikis, social networking sites, text messages, videos, and other converged media. The course also investigates the emerging practices of writing and questions what it means to write in the new media context.
Scriptwriting for Theatre
The course aims at helping students acquire basic concepts, knowledge and skills, and provide them with practical training in writing theatre play. It aims not only at conveying practical skills and techniques in theatre creation, but also helping students understand theatre as a distinguished art form, its aesthetics, and develop their own idea and style in theatre as an art.
Special Topic in Chinese Creative Writing
This course aims to provide an opportunity for students to study in depth selected topics related to Chinese creative writing. This course would be offered with different contents. Special topic on creative non-fiction, poetry, or fiction may focus on a particular theme, sub-genre, or problem. Topics could include writing that engages with the social concerns; writing that engages with a particular place such as the countryside or Taipei; writing that is categorized as certain genre; writing that engages with digital technology; literary work that engages with other forms of arts or cultural production.
Big Stories: Writing Long-form Fictional Narratives
The course will explore the art of long-form narrative fiction, focusing on novels, novellas
This Poetry Writing course explores the art of writing poems, focusing primarily on
Cultural Differences and Creative Writing
This course aims to: (1) stimulate students’ thought about culture differences and their impact on creative writing; (2)equip students with skills to analyze issues related to cultural differences; (3)help student apply knowledge of cultural differences to creative writing; (4)guide students to master cultural diversities in their writings.
|WRIT 4007/HUMN 4026||
The Art of Creating Stories: Writing and Appreciation
The course will explore the art of storytelling by discussing the history and role of storytelling in humanities. Followed by introduction to the fundamental elements, i.e. character, point of view, structure, plot, tension and dialogue with selected examples from different genres and forms, a wide variety of fictions, poems and movies will be introduced in this class. Students will learn to appreciate the art of storytelling, and create their own work. At the end of this course, students will develop a series of creative work that show their unique voice by making use of strategies acquired during the process of learning.