EN 311 Creative Writing
S2T 2012 DL
B.A. in English, University of KansasM.F.A. in Creative Writing, University of Iowa
MW: 1:15-3; TR: 10-12
Textbook: Burroway, Janet. Imaginative Writing, 2nd edition.
Gardner, et all. Literature: A Portable Anthology, revised edition 2009.
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“Creative 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 someone else.
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 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
MoStep Requirements 126.96.36.199 standards for EN311
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:
1. Core Assessment:
The Core Assessment is a creative and critical portfolio, due in the last week of the term, which contains the following elements:
A final version of your short story, which you have revised based on the feedback you got from your peers and instructor, and based on your own understanding of the work’s strengths and weaknesses
A final version of your five poems, which you have revised based on the feedback you got from your peers and instructor, and based on your own understanding of the poems’ strengths and weaknesses
An essay in which you reflect on your progress over the course of the semester, and in which you explain to the reader how and why you made the changes that appear in the final drafts of your story and poems
The Core Assessment is worth 300 points.
First Responses: Each week you will be asked to respond to a specific set of questions concerning the weekly topic and readings. (10 points each week, 80 points total):
Peer Responses: Each week you will be asked to respond to at least two of the First Discussion Responses of your classmates. (5 points each week, 40 points total)
3. Writing Assignments:
In Weeks 1, 3, 5, 6 and 8 you will post one writing assignment. In Weeks 2 and 4 you will post two writing assignments. You will be responding to a prompt. These assignments will ask you to put into practice some of the ideas discussed in the lecture and/or the textbook. (20 points each assignment, 180 points total)
4. Journal Entries:
In Weeks 1, 4, 6 and 7 you will be asked to respond to a prompt in your journal. These assignments are personal and informal, so they are graded strictly on length and completion. (5 points each: 20 points total)
5. Short Story First Draft
At the end of Week Three, you will be asked to post a short story. The story will be evaluated by your instructor based on the rubric provided. It will also be evaluated by your peers during Week Four (see Peer Review Postings below) in a workshop forum. (100 points)
6. Poetry First Draft
At the end of Week Six, you will be asked to post a collection of five poems. The poems will be evaluated by your instructor based on the rubric provided. It will be evaluated by your peers during Week Seven (see Peer Review Postings below) in a workshop forum. (100 points)
7. Peer Review Postings
In Weeks Four and Seven, we will have writing workshop groups. You will be grouped with two of your classmates, and you will respond to their works in thorough evaluations. Week Four will evaluate the Short Story Draft. Week Seven will evaluate the Poetry Draft. (20 points each, 80 points total)
8. Final Exam
During the last week of the course, you will take a proctored final exam that will test your understanding of the terms and concepts covered throughout the course. (100 points)
15 pts each
5 pts each
20 pts each
Short Story Draft
Late Submission of Course Materials: If an assignment is posted after the deadline, it will lose 25% of its possible point total (meaning that 20 points will automatically be removed from a short story that is posted late, 2.5 point will be removed from an initial discussion response, etc.). If an assignment is not turned in within forty-eight hours of the deadline, it cannot be turned in for credit.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Creative 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.
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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
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 96
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