Creative Portfolio Guidelines

Final Portfolio of Your Work
Due: April 29th by midnight (via email)

To compile and present the efforts of your creative writing work this semester.

Take some time to think about how you’ve developed as a writer this semester. What kind of material are you drawn to? What kind of voice, perspective, and point of view most appeal to you? How does the work you’ve written represent your particular and unique take on the world? With that in mind, gather together the following items in a word document or PDF. The document should be well organized and professional looking — this is the product of your semester long effort!


  1. Title Page — give your portfolio a title and be sure to include your name, the name of the class, and the semester. Be as creative with this title page as you like. If you want to add an epigraph or acknowledgement, feel free.
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Personal Essay — fully revised draft
  4. Poetry Collection — fully revised draft
  5. Short Story — fully revised draft
  6. Artist’s Statement: In about two full pages, (at least 500 words) I’d like you to tell me about how you experienced this course, and where it has taken you as a writer.  Think about the following:
    • Where you started — and how your perceptions about the creative process have changed over the semester.
    • Where you are now — What do you find to be your biggest strengths as a writer, and what are the setbacks found in your writing that you need to work on.
    • Where are you going — what do you want to work on next?       Will you leave writing behind forever, or do you have a novel brewing inside of you?
    • Finally, I’d love to hear any feedback you might have about how you experienced the course as a whole, and me as a teacher. What would have made things easier/more valuable for you as a student? How can I do my job better?