EN 311 Creative Writing
F2T 2007 DL
Edwards, Gregory M.
BA EnglishMA Literature
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10/22/07 - 12/16/07
Textbook: Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft, 2nd ed by Janet Burroway, ISBN 0-321-35740-X, Pearson Longman
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A successful work of fiction is a reflection of what it means to be human. It is essential to learn and practice using the elements of fiction as a kind of jumping off place for creative writing. It is also essential to read the work of others, to analyze as well as enjoy it. Most important is to practice the craft by setting aside time to write.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
The core assessment includes the Creative Portfolio, comprised of a rough and revised draft and a final draft of 10-12 pages. 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. See Course Overview on the sidebar in the course, and Doc Sharing along the topbar in the course for rubrics for all writing assignments.
· 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 as an *.rtf document, in 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
Activity Points Breakdown
Practice draft 1
Practice draft 2
Reading Response and Peer discussion
8 at 10 pts each
15 at 4 pts each
8 at 10 pts each
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 is 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 it to you, make sure you:
Learn the Craft
Using metaphor and descriptions
Create a Character
Constructing a Believable and Sympathetic Character
Adding Conflict and Struggle
1st Draft due: must contain a main character and a core conflict
Writing Realistic and Engaging Dialog Adding Crisis, Action and Resolution
Build a Plot
Adding Crisis, Action and Resolution
2nd Draft due: Must contain dialog and crisis, action and resolution
Employing Setting as Metaphor
Revise and Edit
Taking Time to Revise and Edit
Final Creative Draft Due (must contain setting)
Take the Final Exam
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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 85All work for this class must be the student's own, and originate after this course begins.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
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Last Updated:10/8/2007 1:44:07 PM