Hanshin University established the Department of Creative Writing in 1994, staffing all the faculty members with creative professionals such as novelists, poets, scenario writers and literary critics. The Department’s mission is to nurture practical creative skills and it devotes many of its classes to creative practice encompassing many genres ranging from poetry, novels, and drama to TV/film scripts and children’s literature. Presentations, discussions, and critique take place at every stage from the moment an idea is formed until a complete form of work is produced. Throughout the cycle, the students are given elaborate guidance and mentoring, through which they can maximize their potential.
The Department of Creative Writing at Hanshin University has built into its curriculum many courses that channel the ambitions and dreams of future poets, novelists, and playwrights into reality so that each student can make his name known on the Korean literary scene. As much as the revered authors are creatively inspired by the great depths of humanities, the Department’s required curriculum puts much emphasis on humanistic sensitivity receiving feedback from philosophy, history, and social sciences. A required curriculum must design the intricate internal combustion engine for the creative locomotive, and this is because creative writing requires highly focused professional skills.
When a composer plots his motif on a piece of paper, it is not just his fingers that is at work, but his pen is in full understanding of the musical instruments that make up the orchestra and is dominated by the law of harmony when the instruments play as one. As such, there is something similarly special about the writer’s talent. Just as the engine’s components are interlinked to produce energy efficiently, the Department’s required curriculum is designed in an incremental and mutually connected manner to encourage the desired effect of enhanced writing competence.
At the same time, there are also pragmatic classes offered dealing with publishing and promotion so that the expertise acquired does not go to waste and graduates are provided with more employment opportunities.
Extracurricular Academic Activities
Academic activities at the Department of Creative Writing is where students recharge themselves and get fresh ideas for writing. There are two large events, namely literary journey and art festival. The former is a three-day trip in the spring taken together by professors and students. It is a time for widening one’s horizon, active experience, and self-reflection, listening to the voices live from the field, which stimulate the imagination. Famous local authors are invited to hold the seminars that link their real life and professional life. The art festival is held every autumn. Students are active participants of the festival, releasing their passion and energy as members of drama, singing, Korean traditional percussion, culture and academic associations through their performance. Famous authors students have been wanting to meet are also invited to have a frank, open dialogue. Competitions are held to motivate students to engage in creative activities, and people who share similar interests have a chance to work together.
Students who had their imaginative and creative minds systematically trained find themselves working in various areas upon graduation in line with the demand of the information society. They debut as novelists, poets and playwrights, or work in related industries such as broadcasting, film, advertising, publishing, and education.
|A History of Modern Literature in Korea
|Workshop for drama production
|Study in Contemporary PoetriesⅠ
||Study in Contemporary Novel Ⅰ|
|Introduction to Poetry Writing
||Workshop for performing Arts|
|Study in Contemporary PoetriesⅡ
||Study in Contemporary Novel Ⅱ|
|Workshop for Visual Arts
||Sociology of Literature|
|Introduction to Novel Writing
||Introduction for Writing drama|
|Workshop for Writing PoetryⅠ
||Workshop for Writing drama|
|orkshop for Edition and Publishment
||Reading in Foreign Novel LiteratureⅠ|
|Studies on Modern Writers
||Workshop for the Production of Films|
|Modern Korean Poets
||Workshop for Writing Poetry Ⅱ|
|Workshop for Writing NovelⅡ
||Workshop for Writing scenario|
|Arts and Psychoanalysis
||Reading in Foreign Novel LiteratureⅡ|
|Workshop for Writing Children's LiteratureⅠ
||Theories of Literary Criticism|
|Workshop for Writing PoetryⅢ
||Workshop for Writing NovelⅢ|
|Workshop for Writing TV Drama
||Workshop for Writing Children's LiteratureⅡ|
||Special Topics in Contemporary Poetries|
|Special Topics in Contemporary Novels|