EN 311 Creative Writing
U1QQ 2008 HI
Harper, Gavin W.
MA: Brigham Young University, English, 1998BA: Weber State University, English, 1994
Before or after class, or by apppointment only.
June 2nd, 2008--July 27th, 2008
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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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
Link to Class RubricClass 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
900-1000 pts. A
800-899 pts. B
700-799 pts. C
600-699 pts. D
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.)
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