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EN 311 Creative Writing
Moeller, Susann


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Course

EN 311 Creative Writing

Semester

U1DD 2007 DC

Faculty

Moeller, Susann

Title

Professor

Degrees/Certificates

PhD - Reception Theory
ABD - Comparative Studies
MA - Literature

Office Location

DSCC

Office Hours

by Appointment

Daytime Phone

614-784-0894

Other Phone

evenings: 614-784-0894

E-Mail

susann.moeller@park.edu

Semester Dates

June 4 to July 29

Class Days

Thursdays

Class Time

5:15 - 10:15 PM

Prerequisites

one or more literature courses

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Three Genres: The Writing of Fiction/Literary Nonfiction, Poetry & Drama (Stephen Minot)

Additional Resources:

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Course Description:
Practice in various forms of imaginative writing, particularly prose fiction and non-fiction, 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 and through my extra-curricular activities, I am tied into the local writers' community.  Annually, I assist in two regional writers' conferences, belong to several salons, participate in films and poetry competitions.
 
I would like to pass on to you the "tools" of the craft while experimenting with different literary genres.  As you develop your style and voice through various techniques, you will explore the world of writers and screen playwrights in Columbus on our various field trips and assignments such as Larry's Poetry Forum, The Peripatetic Poets, Victoria's Midnight Cafe, Ohio Storytellers, Barns & Noble, and Jazz Poetry Slams.
 
Exploring different perspectives as well as slipping into different characters, setting a stage, creating suspense, relief, compassion, and other emotions in your readers/audience is a rather powerful and empowering endeavor.  Student participation in form of peer critique is a class requirement and will be exercised regularly along with topical debates and brain storms.  Remember: "The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword!"

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 practice (revised) drafts and a final draft of 10 to 12 pages.  You will be assessed on in-class writing, journal writing, reading assignments, field trip participation and a final exam.

Grading:

Final Draft                  30 Points         1 paper
Practice Draft 1          15 Points         1 paper
Practice Draft 2          15 Points         1 paper
Practice Draft 3          15 Points         1 paper
Practice Draft 4          15 Points         1 paper
Practice Draft 5          15 Points         1 paper
Practice Draft 6          15 Points         1 paper
In-class Writing Tests 60 Points         6 @ 10 pts each
Reading Log               80 Points         8 @ 10 pts each
Field Trip Journal        80 Points         4 @ 20 pts each
Final                           20 Points         Exam

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 5 points each day it is late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Always treat eachother with respect when discussing each other's creative work - however, be forthcoming and honest in your exchange of ideas.  Criticism is not destructive but a forward driving and hence constructive force -at least in the creative realm where we are all meeting!

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Develop a Voice
Create a Character
Create a Setting
Build a Plot
Compose Poems
Write a Dialogue
Narrate a Story
 

EN 311 Creative Writing U1DD 2007 DC

Dr. Susann Moeller

Thursdays 5pm-10pm

Name

Tel:

Date

Reading

Writing Assignment

Class Activity

Field Activity

Miscellaneous

& Grades

06/07

459 – 476

Review in Class

Rewrite Interview/Story Draft

questions you ask your protagonist

Create: invent & kill

Intro – oral/written tradition (song dance glyphs) - genres

OM system history – 400 yrs // Writing barrier // The Reporter’s Voice:

Non-Fiction // Topic Choices // Write Interview Questions

Role Play – Interview // Translate Interview into Story

06/14

1 - 31

Rewrite Outline Draft

Discuss Reading // Switch Homework – Read // Vocabulary Test

The Narrator’s Perspective: // Fiction – Time – Place - Plot

Play Mauerschau (Aristotle) // Write Draft - Review

06/21

32 - 91

Rewrite Character

Discuss Reading // Switch Homework – Read // Vocabulary Test

Protagonists & Antagonists // Typological Traits

Write Character Draft - Review

06/28

92 -142

Rewrite “for Effect”, i.e. impact on reader

Discuss Reading // Switch Homework – Read // Vocabulary Test

Literary Vehicles: Tools of Style // Motiif / Symbol / Metaphor / Simile: Exercises // Turning the Familiar into the Unfamiliar Draft and vice versa – Review // Define Effects: Shock, Suspense, Empathy, Hate, Love, Lust etc

07/05

143 - 185

Rewrite Poem

Discuss Reading // Switch Homework – Read // Vocabulary Test

Building Relationships: // Writer-Characters-Reader

Honing in on the essence Draft // Translate your story into a poem

07/12

187 - 235

Rewrite the sensual experience – combine all

Discuss Reading // Switch Homework – Read // Vocabulary Test

The beat of different drummers: // Lyrical Vehicles, tools of style

Chanting exercise // Sensual exercises // 1 per sense poems

07/19

236 - 290

Rewrite process draft

Discuss Reading // Switch Homework – Read // Vocabulary Test

The business of writing: // The process of writing draft

07/26

291 – 326 435 - 452

KEEP WRITING

Discuss Reading // Overall Q & A // Switch Homework – Read

Final Exam // Evaluations

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 .



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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