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EN 311 Creative Writing
Carter, Angela L.


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

S1A 2010 BE

Faculty

Carter, Angela L.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MFA Creative Writing, University of Arizona
BA English and French, University of Iowa

Office Location

Park University Adjunct Offices

Office Hours

By appointment

E-Mail

Angela.Carter02@pirate.park.edu

angielcarter@gmail.com

Semester Dates

Monday January 11th through Sunday March 7th

Class Days

Saturday

Class Time

9:00 AM - 2:10 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft (Penguin Academics Series),
2nd Edition

By Janet Burroway

ISBN-10: 0-321-35740-X

ISBN-13: 978-0-321-35740-3

Published by Longman

(c) 2007

Pub. Date: Jun 9, 2006

Format: Paper

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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:

Writing is hard on many fronts and usually beginning is the hardest part. This class is for anyone interested in creative writing. Do you love to write but never have time? Are you interested in creative writing but not able to get started on your own? Have you written some stories or poems and want to further develop your writing? Together we will experiment, practice, fail, practice, succeed, practice, revise, practice, and, most importantly, inspire one another.

Through writing exercises and discussions of interesting readings, we will explore multiple genres of creative writing and experiment with different elements of the writing craft. I will guide you through readings, writing assignments, and discussion of various elements of creative writing. You will learn from one another’s experiments, commentary, and perspectives. Together we will create an open atmosphere for different writing styles and subjects as we grow together as writers and readers.

This course will help you develop your writing style through revisions and workshop critiques. Our primary focus will be your own work. Through writing prompts and exercises, you will compose various types of writing and choose piece to develop further through workshop and revision. Our class time will be composed of in-class writing, discussion, reading, and critique. We will respond together to published pieces of writing and one another’s own drafts and revisions.

Each week we will do writing exercises to build your comfort and strength with plot, setting, character, voice, metaphor, description, and dialogue in your writing. The book we are using for the class is a fantastic resource and is written by a very well known writer and writing teacher, Janet Burroway. Her writing exercises will help you to exercise your different writing muscles and try new things. We will also read and discuss these elements of craft in published pieces of writing. Hopefully, our discussion of published pieces and one another’s writing exercises will provide inspiration and confidence as you grow as a writer.
 
Your final project will be a revised version of a series of poems, a creative essay, a short story, the start of a novella or novel, a play, or a screenplay. You will choose your subject and will have the creative freedom to develop this assignment as you choose.


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:

  • Final project: a final, revised draft of a short story, personal essay, series of poems, or screenplay or short play
  • Attendance/Participation: in-class informal writings, participation in class discussion
  • Journal: responses to writing prompts and readings
  • Workshop: being prepared with revisions of your own work, constructive critique of one another’s work
  • Drafts: expansions of in-class writings or journal prompts, revisions of work


Grading:
Total Points: 100

  • Final project: 25 points
    • Your revised, final draft of a short story, personal essay, series of poems, or screenplay or short play; all drafts and workshops associated with the final draft; all journal prompts or in-class writings associated with the final draft
  • Attendance / Participation: 10 points
    • In-class discussion and informal writings
  • Journal: 25 points
    • Responses to writing prompts and readings, these are the beginnings of your larger project
  • Workshop: 20 points
    • Constructive and thoughtful critiques of others’ work
  • Drafts: 20 points
    • Your own revisions and expansions of journal assignments or informal in-class writings

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Work is due at the start of class on its due date. This course depends upon your active participation for the workshops to be successful. Your perspective and commentary are important and it is difficult to make-up workshops. For this reason, please contact the instructor in advance of foreseeable absences to coordinate alternate workshops or plan ahead to make-up in-class activities.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
We will work together very closely in this class. The more you invest in the class, the more you will learn about your writing and the stronger it will become.

Students are expected to:

  • bring textbooks to every class
  • bring extra copies (2) of your drafts on workshop days
  • have done the required reading and writing
  • turn drafts in on time
  • be on time for class
  • discuss topics respectfully with each other and the professor


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
A detailed schedule for class reading assignments and writing prompts from the textbook will be distributed on the first day of class. Each week we will use writing prompts and readings from the course book to explore a topic of the writing craft. Throughout the eight weeks, you will explore a multitude of genres and writing styles while developing your final project. Tuesdays will be devoted to discussion of craft, readings, and experimenting with different exercises. Thursdays will be devoted to discussion of craft and workshop.

    WEEK 1: Introductions, goals, readings, writing prompts   
    WEEK 2: Readings, writing prompts, drafting, workshop
    WEEK 3: Readings, writing prompts, drafting, workshop
    WEEK 4: Readings, writing prompts, drafting, workshop
    WEEK 5: Readings, writing prompts, drafting, workshop
    WEEK 6: Readings, writing prompts, revision, workshop
    WEEK 7: Readings, revision, workshop
    WEEK 8: In-class readings, portfolio workshop, portfolio due

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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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