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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

SP 2009 HO

Faculty

Williams, Cynthia

Title

Assistant Professor of English

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D (ABD) University of Missouri at Kansas City
MA University of Texas, Creative Writing
BA Southwest Missouri State University

Office Location

Copley 319

Office Hours

Monday and Friday:  12:30 to 3:00, Weds:  1:00 - 2:00

Daytime Phone

816-584-6474

E-Mail

cynthia.williams@park.edu

cynparkprof@gmail.com

Class Days

-M-W-F-

Class Time

10:00 - 10:50 AM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Deepening Fiction: A practical guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writers, Sarah Stone
Finn, Jon Clinch
 

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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Course Description:
EN311 Creative Writing: 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 believe students learn best in interactive classrooms, and I requre extensive student participation.  I expect and encourage students to examine, critique, debate and analyze the topics and writing techniques presented 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:

You will be assessed on:
  • A Creative Final Draft
  • Rough and Revised Drafts
  • In-class Writing
  • Reading Journal
  • Participation
  • Attendance 
 Core Assessment: Creative Portfolio:   Total Points 150
  • Creative Final Draft will be assessed in five areas:  Character, Setting, Plot, Dialouge and Style/Formatting.  The final draft is worth a total of 75 points and will be due the last day of class.  Five points will be deducted for each day the final draft is late
  • 3 Rough and Revised Drafts (R&R drafts): When you turn in an R&R draft, you will receive a full 25 points for submitting it as long as it fulfills page limits.  Two points deducted for each day the R&R draft is late. 
  • The creative project must be revised with teacher supervision -- no newly submitted work will be accepted as a final draft. Also, all R&R drafts and the final draft must be submitted to through e-Companion, in Word, DOUBLE SPACED with 1" margins, and a working title. Pages must be consecutively numbered.  Papers that I cannot open may not receive points for submission
  • ALL drafts must be submitted through e-Companion, including the Final Draft

Other Class Assessment:

  • In-class writing:  8 a semester, worth 10 points each, for a total of 80 points

  • Reading Log, 7 entries worth 10 points each, for a total of 70 points

  • Participation, 20 points.

Grading:
 

Activity                                      Points                                        Breakdown

Final Draft

75 

1 paper (10-15 pages)

Beginning Draft

25

1 paper (3 pages)

Revised draft 1

25

1 paper (5 pages)

Revised draft 2

25

1 paper (8 pages)

In-class writings

80

8 at 10 pts each

Reading Journal

70

7 at 10 pts each

Participation

20

 

                                                                                                   320 points total

100-90 % = A
89-80 % = B
79-70 % = C
69-60 % = D
below 59 % = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
I will accept late material; however, I will not accept any late work the last 3 weeks of the semester (after April 13).  Two points a day will be deducted for late work.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to:
  • bring textbooks to every class
  • bring pen and paper to every class
  • bring extra copies (2) of your drafts on workshop days
  • submit ALL drafts through e-Companion
  • have done the required reading and writing
  • not to text or use cell phone during class
  • turn drafts in on time
  • not to bring entire meals to class (drinks and snacks okay)
  • be on time for class
  • not disrupt the class by coming and going when class is in session
  • discuss topics respectfully with each other and the professor

 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
see schedule attached to syllabus

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 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 .


Attachments:
EN311 schedule 09.doc

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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