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EN 311 Creative Writing
Harper, Gavin W.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

EN 311 Creative Writing

Semester

U1QQ 2008 HI

Faculty

Harper, Gavin W.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MA: Brigham Young University, English, 1998
BA: Weber State University, English, 1994

Office Location

BLDG 383

Office Hours

Before or after class, or by apppointment only.

Daytime Phone

8018650517 (cell)

E-Mail

Gavin.Harper@park.edu

shakes1554@aol.com

Semester Dates

June 2nd, 2008--July 27th, 2008

Class Days

--M-W--

Class Time

7:30-10:15 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Jason, Philip K. and Allan B. Lefcowitz.  The Creative Writer's Handbook.  4th ed.  Upper Saddle Neck, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2005.

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Course Description:
Practice in various forms of imaginative writing,particularly prose fiction and drama, and lyric and narrative poetry. May be repeated with permission of instructor. Recommended prerequisite: one or more literature courses. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
In this course we will divide the focus into three general areas: short stories (narrative fiction), poetry, and dramatic/screenplay writing.  The most daunting task of any writer is simply to create, and I see this course as a very powerful way to develop writing skills in multiple genres.  Our goals, as a class, will be: to encourage productive writing habits, to develop our knowledge of each specific genre, to discuss proper revision outcomes, and to prepare our work for an audience (and possible publication).  I hope to push our work out of the classroom and academic environment--to define our knowledge of publishing fields, rules, and expectations of possible editors.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Compose and manipulate elements of creative writing: characterizations, setting, plot, conflict, time structure and dialogue.
  2. Develop and employ a lively, descriptive style that makes use of some metaphor and symbolism.
  3. Follow the writing process, including pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, proof-reading and formatting.


Core Assessment:

  • Final creative draft that is a short story, or the start of a novel, or a collection of poems or a screenplay*

  • Informal and in-class writing

  • Journal of writing and/or reading assignments.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Developing our writing skills, understanding revisions and listening to criticism, will be our main modes of grading performance in this class.  To do so, you will first be expected to keep a journal of creative writing for each day that we hold class--a total of 16 entries (20 sentences each).  While further specifics will be forthcoming, the journal should include responses to class readings, thoughts on your writing projects, and development of your projects.  While I will be reviewing earlier drafts of your work, at the end of each unit (short stories, poetry, and screenplay) you will be required to present a polished draft of your work to the class.  During each class day we will be working with our writing projects, and I will expect that these in-class writings be kept with your journals for grading.  Lastly, your final project will be to prepare and submit one of your writings for possible publication--as one of our class goals will be to move beyond the academic environment, we will be discussing the necessary steps to present your work to an editor or publisher. 

Grading:
Required Assignments for the Course:

Attendance and Class Participation:  100
In-Class Writings and Journals:  200
Short Story Draft/Revision:  200
Poetry Draft(s)/Revision:  200
Drama/Screenplay Draft/Revision: 200
Final Project Submission:  100

Grading Breakdown:
900-1000 pts.  A
800-899  pts.   B
700-799 pts.    C
600-699 pts.    D
599-below       F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
I will accept late work, but you will be penalized--by a full letter grade--for each day that your work is late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
I expect each student to arrive on time for this course, and to be "mentally present" with their attention.  For each reading on the syllabus, you should complete the work BEFORE the class day listed.  (For example, if the reading assignment is for June 21st, you should complete it before class on the 21st.)

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Date                  Topics/Reading                   Due Dates
June 2nd            Class Introduction               

June 4th             Working Like a Writer p. 1
                          Keeping a Journal p. 11

June 9th            Point of View p. p. 31 
June 11th              Language is Your Medium p. 53

June 16th              The Elements of Fiction p. 178   Journal Submission
                                                                            Short Story Submission

June 18th              The Elements of Poetry, p.112

June 23rd               Practicing Poetry, p. 145                           
June 25th               Poetry Problems, p. 162

June 30th             Poetry (Handouts)

July 2nd            Small Groups Workshop

July 7th                                                             Journal Submission
                                                                           Poetry Submission

July 9th            The Elements of Drama, p. 286

July 14th            Dialogue and its Problems, p. 311

July 16th            Screenplay (of your choice),     Journal Submission
                          selections begin p. 329             Screenplay Submission

July 21st          Revision to Submission p. 350

July 23rd                                                        Publication Submission   

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
3,4,5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Revise the document 4 times over the semester (or as needed), showing definite improvements in development, focus and organization of characterization, setting and plot. Revise the document 3 times over the semester (or as needed), showing definite improvements in the development, focus and organization of characterization, setting and plot. Revise the document 1 time over the semester (or as needed), showing definite improvements in the development, focus and organization of characterization, setting and plot. Revise the draft 0 times over the semester, showing a lack of definite improvements in the development, focus and organization of characterization, setting and plot. 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1,3,4,5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Demonstrates use of a dominant, controlling theme/idea/focus that is clearly articulated and maintained in the voice of an invented persona/narrator throughout the paper. Demonstrates the use of a dominant/controlling theme that is adequately articulated and maintained in the voice of an invented persona/narrator throughout the paper. Demonstrates a lack of a dominant/controlling theme/idea/focus that is not articulated and maintained in the voice of an invented persona/narrator throughout the paper. Demonstrates no ability to use a dominant/controlling idea/theme/focus in a creatively written draft. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1,2,3,4,5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Composes a fictional or creative non-fictional draft for a specific audience and purpose that contains well-delineated characterization, setting and plot development. Composes a fictional or creative non-fictional draft for a specific audience and purpose that contains adequate characterization, setting and plot development. Composes a fictional or creative non-fictional draft for a specific audience and purpose that lacks characterization, setting and plot development Composes no fictional or creative non-fictional draft to be evaluated and scored. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1,5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Use of transitional words and phrases imaginatively and appropriately throughout the paper. Use of transitional words and phrases adequately and appropriately throughout the paper. Use of transitional words and phrases sporadically and inappropriately throughout the paper. Use of no transitional words and phrases. 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1,3,4,5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Demonstrates a high degree of skill in using the writing process and a variety of creative writing strategies appropriate to audience and theme of the paper. Demonstrates adequate skill in using the writing process and a variety of creative writing strategies appropriate to audience and theme of the paper. Demonstrates a lack of skill in using the writing process and a variety of creative writing strategies appropriate to audience and theme of the paper. Demonstrates no skill in using the writing process and a variety of creative writing strategies appropriate to audience and theme of the paper. 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
1,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Demonstrates a high degree of skill in correctly using Standard Written English. Demonstrates adequate skill in correctly using Standard Written English. Demonstrates little skill in correctly using Standard Written English. Demonstrates no skill in correctly using Standard Written English. 

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