The NEIU English Institute has stimulating courses available to enroll in for non-credit. Take a course for continuing education hours or just for personal growth and enrichment. To enroll, follow the link below for the course(s) you would like to take and pay online by credit card. No application process is needed for a non-credit enrollment other than creating an account in our registration system. Current and future NEIU students seeking college-level credit can take these courses by registering through the normal process. (Visit our Admissions page and register as a degree-seeking student or student-at-large if you are not already registered as an NEIU student.)
Ekphrasis is writing that examines and describes a piece of art. This Creative Writing course takes that denotation as a starting position and pursues its potential as a writerly practice. In other words: Students will write creative work (any genre/any combination of genres) about art. To do so, we will: examine multiple-genre book-length and individual pieces of Ekphrastic writing; plan and execute a small manuscript-length project of creative writing. This course works for both experienced Creative Writers and those who would like to simply try their hand at new forms.
While flash forms—stories and essays composed of less than 1,000 words—have become increasingly popular over the past two decades, they have been around for centuries. Students will study and practice specific craft elements while also exploring the plasticity of the form. They will read and write stand-alone pieces and investigate the possibilities and varieties of collections and chapbooks of flash.