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.CourseEN 311 Creative WritingSemesterSP 2009 HOFacultyWilliams, CynthiaTitleAssistant Professor of EnglishDegrees/CertificatesPh.D (ABD) University of Missouri at Kansas CityMA University of Texas, Creative WritingBA Southwest Missouri State UniversityOffice LocationCopley 319Office HoursMonday and Friday: 12:30 to 3:00, Weds: 1:00 - 2:00Daytime Phone816-584-6474E-Mailcynthia.firstname.lastname@example.org@gmail.comClass Days-M-W-F-Class Time10:00 - 10:50 AMCredit Hours3Textbook: Deepening Fiction: A practical guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writers, Sarah Stone
Finn, Jon Clinch
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville BookstoreAdditional Resources: McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development. The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email email@example.com or call 800-927-3024Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.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. 3:0:3Educational 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 OutcomesCompose and manipulate elements of creative writing: characterizations, setting, plot, conflict, time structure and dialogue.Develop and employ a lively, descriptive style that makes use of some metaphor and symbolism.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 RubricClass Assessment: You will be assessed on:
A Creative Final Draft
Rough and Revised Drafts
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
EN 311 Creative Writing
SP 2009 HO
Assistant Professor of English
Ph.D (ABD) University of Missouri at Kansas CityMA University of Texas, Creative WritingBA Southwest Missouri State University
Monday and Friday: 12:30 to 3:00, Weds: 1:00 - 2:00
10:00 - 10:50 AM
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development. The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-927-3024Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Other Class Assessment:
In-class writing: 8 a semester, worth 10 points each, for a total of 80 points
Participation, 20 points.
Activity Points Breakdown
1 paper (10-15 pages)
1 paper (3 pages)
Revised draft 1
1 paper (5 pages)
Revised draft 2
1 paper (8 pages)
8 at 10 pts each
7 at 10 pts each
320 points total
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:
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.
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.docRubric
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