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EN 311 Creative Writing
Williams, Cynthia


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

U1T 2007 DL

Faculty

Williams, Cynthia

Title

Assistant Professor of English

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. in process, Literature/History, UMKC (ABD)
MFA:  Creative Writing, University of Texas
BA:  English, Missouri State University

Daytime Phone

816-584-6474 (office phone)

E-Mail

cynthia.williams@park.edu

cynatpark@yahoo.com

Semester Dates

Janurary 15 to March 15, 2007

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

0

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Imaginative Writing:  The Elements of Craft, Janet Burroway.

 

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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:

I love to write and I love to teach writing.   I especially enjoy working with writers who desire to develop their creative talents.  I’m here to teach you the “tools” of the craft, and each week I’ll provide you with several creative writing techniques that you need to know to write fiction.  It’s up to you to employ and experiment with these tools…have fun with them, play with them, learn through them. 
 
With my guidance, you’ll learn how to create fictional characters, plots and settings, and to write lively dialogue and colorful metaphors.  Class will focus on a myriad of small writing projects/exercises to help you practice and learn the techniques of the craft.  Each writer possesses a wide range of writing strengths, and I’ll work hard to help you build on those strengths and successfully exploit them.  However, keep in mind all writers require extensive PRACTICE if they are to write well.  Therefore, we will write a lot this semester, so be prepared to write several times a week.
 
I also belive students learn best in an interactive classroom.  Online classrooms especially require extensive student participation.  I expect and encourage students to examine, criticize, debate, and analyze the topics and writing techniques discussed in this course.   

  

 

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:

The core assessment includes the Creative Portfolio, comprised of a rough and revised draft and a final draft of 10-12 page.   The draft must be a completed short story.  You will also be assessed on in-class writing, journal writing, reading assignments, online participation and a final exam. 
 
      Core Assessment:
  • Creative Final Draft: The Creative Final Draft will be assessed on a scale of 12-0 in five different categories, Character, Setting, Plot, Style and format. A score of 12 is "excellent," a score of 0 is "poor" (see rubric). The final draft is worth a total of 60 points.

  • 2 Drafts: When you turn in a rough and revised drafts, you will receive a full 20 points for submitting them as long as they fulfill page limits.

  • The creative project must be revised with teacher supervision -- no newly submitted work will be accepted as a final draft. Also, all practice drafts and the final draft must be submitted in Word or Wordperfect, MLA format, which is DOUBLE SPACED with 1" margins, and a working title. Pages must be consecutively numbered.

        Other Class Assessment:
  • In-class writing: Over the next 8 weeks, you will post a total of 15 in-class writings. You will receive 4 points for each assignment completed, for a total of 60 points.

  • Interactive Reading Response and Discussion Log: The interactive reading log requires a total of 8 postings. Each response is worth 10 points, for a total of 80 points.  This portion of the class includes discussion of the reading and class participation.

  • Creative Journal: The Creative Journal requires you submit 8 entries, each worth 10 points for a total of 80 points

  • Final Exam:  worth a total of 20 points

 

   

Grading:

Activity                                      Points                                        Breakdown

Final Draft

60

1 paper

Practice draft 1

20

1 paper

Practice draft 2

20  

1 paper

Reading Response and Peer discussion

80

8 at 10 pts each

In-class writings

60

15 at 4 pts each

Journal

80

8 at 10 pts each

Final

20

15 total pts

                                                                                                   370 points total

 

  

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Due to the short time of the course, the amount of students enrolled in it and the amount of work you need to turn in, I will not accept work that more than 5 days late.  All work will lose 4 points for each day it is late.

Also, please post your discussion during the week, as required, and not all on the weekends.  The class needs the entire week to fully participate in discussions.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Always treat each other with respect, particularly when discussing each other's creative work.  Also, to ensure that I can read your work in a timely fashion and return to you, make sure you:
  • Use the dropbox for each draft due; assignments not submitted in the dropbox will not receive points
  • Submit documents in Word or Rich Text documents that follow correct MLA formatting (double-space, 12 point font, page numbers).  Drafts not submitted in the proper format will be returned to the student without feedback.  
  • Grammar and spell check all drafts before submitting them

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week

Focus

Activity

1

Learn the Craft

Using metaphor and descriptions

2

Create a Character

Constructing a Believable and Sympathetic Character

3

Conflict

Adding Conflict and Struggle
1st Draft due: must contain a main character and a core conflict

4

"Speak Dialog"

 

Writing Realistic and Engaging Dialog  Adding Crisis, Action and Resolution

5

Build a Plot
Adding Crisis, Action and Resolution
2nd Draft due: Must contain dialog and crisis, action and resolution

6

Setting

Employing Setting as Metaphor

7

Revise and Edit

Taking Time to Revise and Edit
Final Creative Draft Due (must contain setting)

8

Take the Final Exam

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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

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 .



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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