EN 311 Creative Writing
FA 2011 HO
B.A. in English, University of KansasM.F.A. in Creative Writing, University of Iowa
MW: 1:15-3; TR: 10-12
3:00 - 4:15 PM
Textbook: Burroway, Janet. Imaginative Writing, 3rd edition.
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Writing” is a 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 the creative writing of
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 is required to produce moving, provocative narratives and poems.
We’ll spend some time in peer-review workshops, but we’ll also write many
exercises; explore the technical aspects of rhyme, meter, and dramatic
structure; 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
The Core Assessment Instrument will take the form of a portfolio that is handed in during the last week of the semester. The portfolio will include copies of the original three writing assignments the student handed in during weeks four, nine, and fourteen, along with a revised version of each of these assignments. The portfolio will also contain a reflective essay that examines the changes between the drafts; the technical and artistic reasons these changes were made; the extent to which the changes were prompted by outside feedback; and whether and how the revised drafts represent an improvement over the originals. This assessment is designed to assess primarily Core Learning Outcomes 1, 2, and 3, and will make up 40% of the course grade.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
work will be evaluated based on six components: participation, one short
story draft, one scene draft/presentation, five poetry drafts, peer evaluations, and the final portfolio.
student will be expected to attend class regularly, participate in discussion,
offer concrete and constructive advice during workshops, bring the required
books and materials to class, write and share in-class exercises, and in
general exhibit a respect for classmates, the instructor, and the material.
Story Draft 100
will turn in a draft of a short story that is no longer than ten pages and no
shorter than four. This is not a rough draft, but one that you believe is ready
to be shared with the class (because it will be).
Scene/Presentation 100 points
will write a dramatic scene that will eventually be performed and discussed in
Drafts 100 points
will write and revise a small portfolio of five poems that will be discussed in
will write a critical evaluation of every story, poetry portfolio, and dramatic
presentation that are presented to class.
Portfolio: 300 points
the semester you will be receiving feedback from your peers and your classmates
about the work you present. Your portfolio will include the final versions of
these creative works, versions that will presumably incorporate some of the
critiques and suggestions you’ve heard. The portfolio will also include all
previous drafts of the work for comparative purposes, although the final
version is the one that will be graded more specifically. You will also include
in the portfolio an essay that explains your composition and revision
processes, and that evaluates your progress as a writer throughout the
semester. This should be an ongoing process throughout the semester—you should
be working on the revision of your work as soon as you get feedback on it, and
perhaps even earlier.
Scene/Presentation 100 points
TOTAL COURSE POINTS: 800 points
Late Submission of Course Materials:
policy for late work is pretty straightforward: if you don’t turn in an
assignment at the exact deadline, you may turn it in late for half credit (an
assignment graded as a 94, for example, would get a 47). After one week has
passed from the moment of the deadline, however, you may no longer turn in the
late work policy does NOT apply to work that is completed in class. If you are
absent from a class period in which we do an in-class exercise, dramatic
presentation, etc., you can't make up that work.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
writing classes require students to exhibit a good deal of respect and
open-mindedness. Every student will be expected to offer serious, considered
opinions, and to do so in a way that is constructive and generous.
electronic device that is brought into the classroom must be turned off before
class begins (class begins when I walk into the room, not when I ask you to
turn off your phones). If you need to have a device on for the reasons of
disability or health, or if you need to have your phone available because
you’re expecting an urgent call, please discuss it with me before class
is a rough outline of what we’ll be doing throughout the semester.
Introduction to the subject, Burroway
Begin poetry section—overview
Poetry—forms and prosody
Poetry—forms and prosody continued
verse and technique
NO CLASS—Labor Day
Poetry—free verse and technique
Fiction—Point of View
NO CLASS—Fall Break
NO CLASS—Fall Break
Fiction—Plot and Story
Fiction—Plot and Story continued
Fiction—Theme and Meaning
Fiction—Language and Revision
Drama—possibilities and limitations
Drama—conventions and techniques
Drama—conventions and techniques
Final things—portfolios do
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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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96You can miss two class periods without having your participation grade affected. After that, each absence will take ten points off your total participation grade (out of a possible one hundred points). After your seventh absence, you are no longer eligible to pass, regardless of your point totals in other areas. Students who are chronically late to class will also lose participation points.
You are marked absent if you are not in class when I take attendance, which usually happens about a minute or two after the hour begins. If you arrive after attendance has been taken, it is your responsibility to come up to me after class and ask me to mark you as tardy, rather than absent. If you do not do this, you will be counted as absent.
Excused absences will be determined on a case-by-case basis. They are rare, however, and usually involve things like hospital stays, funerals, et cetera, and they require documentation and advanced notice when possible.
When you miss a class, you have to find out how you should prepare for the next class (don't rely on the course outline--it will probably change). Ideally, you'll be able to contact a class member who can fill you in. If you need to contact me to ask, please make your questions very specific (“Could you tell me what book to bring, and what story I should read for Wednesday's class?” rather than “So what did I miss?”). Also, keep in mind that I may not answer right away—I generally will respond to e-mails within 24 hours.
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