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EN 311 Creative Writing
Edwards, Paul M.


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

S1J 2007 PV

Faculty

Edwards, Paul M.

Title

Adjunct Professor

Degrees/Certificates

PhD University of St. Andrews

Office Location

classroom

Office Hours

before and after class by appointment

Daytime Phone

816.833.0524 ext 4303

E-Mail

paul.edwards@park.edu

pedwards98@yahoo.com

Semester Dates

January 15 - March 11 2007

Class Days

----R--

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Three Genres: The Writing of Poetry, Fiction and Drama 8th edition 2007

Stephen Minot

Pub: Prentice Hall, Inc

 

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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:
Creative writing can only be learned by writing, but the effort can be enhanced by the study of literary and even popular works.

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:

Assessment will be based on your creative writing portfolio, in-class participation and writing, and final examination.
The portfolio will be the final creative drafts, heavily revised, of the following:
a 4-6 page short story; 2-3 pages of the opeing of a novel; 100 or more lines of poetry; a short act in drama or a scene from a screenplay. The portfolio will be assessed according to the course rubric.
 
In-class participation and writing (including works being created for the portfolio) will concern lecture and discussion, and practice writing/journaling in response.
 
The final examination will cover terminology, writing structures, and writing concepts and ideas. 

Grading:

Creative Writing Portfolio  70%
         Short Story (20%)
         Novel Opening (15%)
         Collection of Poems (20%)
         Drama or Screenplay Act/Scene (15%)
 
Class Participation, In-class writing/Journaling   20%

Final Examination   10%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late papers will not be accepted unless by prior arrangement with professor

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Writing is personal so try to avoid being overly critical or offensive to your peers.

Be on time.

Please do not allow cell phones or other electronic devices to interrupt the class.

 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Session One: Introduction and procedures and requirements/determination (self-select) novel/lecture and discussion on the creative process/ chapters 12, 13, 15, on creating fiction, Appendix C, and chapter 16, a short story/in-class writing/journaling.

Section Two: Lecture and discussion on characterization and presentation/Chapter 14, 17, 19, 21/ in-class writing/journaling.

Section Three: Lecture and discussion on literary concerns/lecture and discussion on "having something to say"/Chapter 22, 23, 24/in-class writing/journaling.

Section Four: Lecture and discussion on poetry/reading poetry/hearing poetry/Chapter 22, 23, 24/in-class writing/journaling.

Section Five: Lecture and discussion on rhythm/discussion of stress/lecture and discussion on free (free from what) verse/chapter 6, 7, 8, 9, 10/in-class writing/journaling.

Section Six: Lecture and discussion on drama, TV, movies, and commercials/Chapter 25, 26, 27, 28, 29/in-class writing/journaling.

Section Seven: Presentation of dialogues/lecture and discussion on moving the set/Chapter 25, 26, 27, 28, 29/in-class writing/journaling.

Section Eight: Final examination/turn in magnum opus (creative writing portfolio)/ lecture and discussion on publication/Appendix A and B.

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. 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 "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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 .

Additional Information:
Be sure to bring writing materials to class.



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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