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EN 311 Creative Writing
Shawver, Brian


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Course

EN 311 Creative Writing

Semester

S2T 2011 DL

Faculty

Shawver, Brian

Degrees/Certificates

M.F.A., Creative Writing-Fiction, University of Iowa
B.A. in English, University of Kansas

Office Location

319 Copley

Office Hours

MW 11-12 and 3-4; T/Th 10-12

Daytime Phone

816 584-6474

Other Phone

4173504446

E-Mail

brian.shawver@park.edu

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft, by Janet Burroway

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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:

“Creative Writing” is not a very specific name for a course; after all, most classes in the English department can be said to deal with writing that is creative. Essays you write in a composition or technical writing class can involve just as much imagination and creativity as a novel or poem, and when we study works in a literature class we’re looking, naturally, at someone else’s creative writing.

But in an academic sense, the phrase “creative writing” has come to mean the study of how to create imaginative works of literature such as poems, short stories, and plays, and that’s certainly the project we’ll engage in throughout the semester. To do this, we’ll have to reject the insidious myth of the writer as a romantic genius, inspired only by the muse, and instead look at all the hard work that separates true artists from dilettantes. We’ll do some peer-review of our work, but we’ll also write a lot of exercises, analyze a number of published works, and have complex discussions about the nature of art. It’s a truly engaging subject that offers a multitude of rewards, and to fully exploit its potential, everyone in the class will have to work very hard. 

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:

Course assessment will primarily focus on the Creative Portfolio, including the submission of a final draft and 3 practice drafts. The rough drafts are due on Wednesday by midnight on the dates given.  You will also be assessed on in-class writing, an interactive reading log, a Creative Writing Journal and a Final Exam. Below are the percentages given for each activity:


Activity Points

Final Draft **

60

1 paper

Practice draft 1 **

20

1 paper

Practice draft 2  **

20

1 paper

Peer discussion

80

8 at 10 pts each

In-class writings

60

15 at 4 pts each

Journal

80

8 at 10 pts each

Peer Review 30 2 at 15 points each

Final

20

20 total pts

Total Points available 370
**These two elements (Creative Final Draft and Practice Drafts) comprise the core learning assessment and cover all three of the CLOs.

 

Point Range

Grade

370 – 341

A

340 - 311

B

310 – 271

C

270 - 231

D

230 and below

F

Grading:

Creative Final Draft:  60 points

The Creative Final Draft will be assessed on a scale of 15-0 in five different categories, Character, Setting, Plot, Style and Format. A score of 15 is “excellent,” a score of 0 is poor. A rubric of how the Final Creative Draft will be assessed is provided in Doc Sharing.

Practice Drafts: 2 drafts at 20 points each

When you turn in practice drafts, you will receive a full 20 points for submitting them, for a total of 60 points. This is a completion grade. If you fail to submit a practice draft, there is no make up of points. No grading Rubric is required.  All drafts must be submitted in Word through the dropbox.  A Word email attachment is okay, but no drafts sent as or within an email will be accepted. 

You are encouraged to proofread each draft.  Points may be taken off drafts that contain many grammatical errors that make it difficult to read.

Peer-Response/Discussion Threads: 8 at 10 points each

Under Doc Sharing you will find a grading rubrics for peer-response/discussion. You will also find a scale of how you will be scored on this portion of the class. Also, under “Class Participation in the Online Learning Environment,” you will find my requirements for online discussions. Review those components carefully before engaging in discussion threads.

In-class Writing: 15 at 4 points each

Over the next 8 weeks, you will post a total of 15 in-class writings. You will post 2 writings a week, for a total of 8 points each week.  The final week you will be required to only post 1 in-class writing worth 4 points that week.  You will receive 4 points for each assignment completed, for a total of 60 points. This is a completion grade. If you fail to complete an in-class writing assignment, there is no make up of points. No grading Rubric is required.

Discussion and Reading Response: 8 at 10 points each

The Reading Discussion Thread requires you post 8 responses. Each response is worth 10 points for a total of 80 points. If your reading postings are too short or incomplete, you can lose points on them. To receive a full 10 points, you must post a response to the reading.  You also must comment on two other students' replies. A grading rubric is available under Doc Sharing.

Peer Review:  2 at 15 points each

        Peer review requires you respond, twice a semester, to a draft written by a co-student.  Rubric provided below.

Creative Journal: 8 at 10 points each

The Creative Journal requires you post 8 responses. Each response is worth 10 points for a total of 80 points. If your journal postings are too short or incomplete, you can lose points on them.  A grading rubric is available under Doc Sharing.



Late Submission of Course Materials:

You will lose 2 points a day for late papers. However, if drafts are over a week late, you may get them returned without feedback.  If you habitually turn in work late, you will lose 10% off your final grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Because this is an online course, your conduct will mostly be revealed in the tone and tenor of your discussion threads, and in your response to the work and ideas of your peers. In all circumstances, students are expected to exhibit respect for the material, the instructor, and other members of the class. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week

Focus

Activity

Week 1


 

Learn the Craft

Using Metaphor and Descriptions:  Learn the Craft

  • CLOs 1 and 3

    • 1 - Learn to write and manipulate elements of creative writing:  characterizations, setting, plot, conflict, suspense and dialogue.

    • 3 - Develop methods of brainstorming and flushing out ideas and plot lines.

  • Assignments

    • 2 In-class writings

    • Creative Journal Entry

    • Reading Question

Week 2

Create A Character

Constructing a Complex and Sympathetic Character...Don't Write a Wimp

  • CLOs 1, 2 and 3

  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.
  • Assignments

    • 2 In-class writings

    • Creative Journal Entry

    • Reading Question

    • Find proctored final testing site

Week 3

Conflict and Struggle

Adding Conlict and Struggle...Build Tension and Excitement

  • CLOs 1, 2 and 3

  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.
  • Assignments

    • 2 In-class writings

    • Creative Journal Entry

    • Rough Draft due

    • Peer Review:  review two of your colleague's drafts

    • Reading Question

Week 4

Build A Plot 

Adding Crisis, Action and Resolution

  • CLOs 1, 2 and 3

  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.
  • Assignments

    • 2 In-class writings

    • Creative Journal Entry

    • Reading Question

Week 5

Select a Setting

Employing Setting as Metaphor and Symbol

2nd Draft due

  • CLOs 1, 2 and 3

  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.
  • Assignments

    • 2 In-class writings

    • Creative Journal Entry

    • Revised Draft due 

    • Peer Review:  Review two of your colleague's drafts

    • Reading Question

Week 6 “Speak” Dialogue

Writing Realistic and Engaging Dialogue

 

  • CLOs 1, 2 and 3

  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.
  • Assignments

    • 2 In-class writings

    • Creative Journal Entry

    • Reading Question

Week 7

Revise and Edit

Taking Time to Revise and Edit

  • CLOs 1, 2 and 3

  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
  • Assignments

    • 2 In-class writings

    • Final Creative Draft Due

    • Creative Journal Entry

    • Reading Question

Week 8

Submit Your Story and Take the Final Exam

Pulling it Together in a Final Draft

  • CLOs 1, 2 and 3

  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.
  • Assignments

    • 1 In-class writing

    • Creative Journal Entry

    • Reading Question

    • Proctored final -- 3 short essays  

 

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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 .

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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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