EN307 Prof Wrtng in English Studies

for FA 2012

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EN 307 Prof Writing in English Studies


FA 2012 HO


Lolly J. Ockerstrom


Associate Professor of English


M.A., Ph.D. (Northeastern University, Boston, MA)
Certificate, Advanced Seminars on Writing (Martha's Vineyard Worskhops, Northeastern University)

Office Location

321 CO

Office Hours

MW 10:30 - 11:30 and 1:30 - 3:00; TR 9:00 - 10:15



Semester Dates

20 August - 14 December, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

12:00 - 1:15


En 105 and 106; pass WCT; En 203 and introductory literature courses.

Credit Hours



The following books are required for this course (use only the specific editions listed here):
  • Wordsworth, Dorothy. Dorothy Wordsworth: A Longman Cultural Edition. Ed., Susan M. Levin. NY: Longman, 2009. ISBN: 13 9780321277756; 10 0321277759
  • Wordsworth, William. Wordsworth, The Major Works. Ed., Stephen Gill. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780199536863
  • MLA Handbook. 7th edition. Joseph Garibaldi and MLA. Modern Language Association. NOTE: You will need the most current edition, 2008.
  • Any useful handbook of English usage. Current edition of Lunsford, Andrea. Easy Writer recommended.



Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

The following texts will be placed on reserve for you at the Park Library:
  • Ann B. Dobie. Theory into Practice: An Introduction to Literary Criticism. London and Ontario: Heinle & Heinle (Thomson Learning), 2002.
  •  Lee Gutkind. The Art of Creative Nonfiction. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Ross, Murfin and Spuryia Ray. The Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms. 3rd edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2008.

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Course Description:
EN307 Professional Writing in English Studies: Experience in research, writing, and editing in the professional context of contemporary work in English Studies. English majors only. This course fulfills the EN306 requirements for English majors.
Prerequisites: EN105,EN106,passing the WCT, and 60 accumulated hours. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Writing takes a long time, and cannot be produced the night before an assignment is due. Writers learn to write by writing--and by reading, talking to other writers, and working collaboratively. I try to create an environment that welcomes an informed exchange of ideas (emphasis on 'informed') based on reading, research, and critical thought. Much of what we do in this course will be based on a writing workshop model and on class discussion. Expect to engage in critical inquiry and discussion; reading and revision of drafts; giving and receiving feedback. Volunteer: after all, it's your class--you get out of it what you put into it. I anticipate openness, creativity, dedication to learning, much revision--and a few laughs along the way. 

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop and design professional writing projects in English, including literary criticism, scholarly reviews and creative non-fiction.
  2. Demonstrate advanced skills in academic research, using traditional and online sources that are cited according to MLA rules.
  3. Follow the writing process, including pre-writing, drafting, deep revision, editing and proofreading.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Class Project: A newsletter ("News from En 307")
Core Assessment:

The Core Assessment in this course will be a final written artifact consisting of no less than eight pages that could be considered as a potential journal article.

Class Assessment:

  • Critical paper
  • Scholarly review 
  • NonFiction prose paper   
  • Core Assessment:  any of the above developed into a potential journal article (minimum of 8 pages)
  • Final Reflective Essay (final exam in which you analyze your own writing and writing process. Essay includes quotes from your own essays.)  
  • One short newsletter (class project) 

NOTE: Attendance and participation required. See attendance policy further down in this syllabus.




Assignment Points
Attendance/participation (includes arriving in class
on time prepared with assignments; includes short reflections)

Critical Paper (draft/substantial revision) 


Scholarly Review (draft/substantial revision)


Nonfiction Prose Travel Essay (draft/substantial revision)

Reflection 20
Core Assessment: One essay above revised for journal submission publication  80
Class Newsletter 20

NOTE: Attendance and informed participation in class is essential. See attendance policy.
Total points available: 350
315 - 350 A
280 - 314 B
245 - 279 C
210 - 244 D
Below 210 F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late work is unprofessional. Therefore, all work is expected on the due date. The purpose of this course is to help instill in you a professional work ethic. The following penalties apply to late work: 
A loss of 20 points will be automatically deducted for the first day late, 25 points for the second day your work is late (this includes non class days) and 30 points if the work is submitted three days late.
No work will be accepted after a period of three days, which will affect the quality of your class portfolio. If you feel you have extenuating circumstances, which can be documented, see me ahead of the due date to work out a plan.  
Advice? Meet deadlines. The whole point of this course is to learn how to write professionally: deadlines count in the real world, and they count in this class. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

  • Arrive on time prepared with all reading and writing assignments.
  • Turn off all electronic devices while in class (cell phones, computers, ipads, etc.) Students who text in class or use electronic devices will be counted absent. (Please see attendence policy further down.) NOTE: If you anticipate an important emergency family call, see me well head of time (not as we are entering the classroom). Put your phone on vibrate, sit near the door, and leave the classroom if you receive an emergency call.    
  • Engage in informed discussion using civil discourse, appropriate tone of voice, and respectful body language.
  • Food: No food during class. Eat before you come to class. Dispose of trash before you arrive.
  • Water is okay; please keep sodas, coffee, etc. out of the classroom.
  • Drafts should be printed out prior to class and brought to class for workshops.
  • Do not ask to be excused from class to print out drafts, and do not come to class late. Penalty: -20 or more points. 
  • Plan ahead, anticipate potential problems printing out your draft, and prepare your draft the night prior to the deadline. Do not ask me to print out your draft for you. As a serious writer, that is your responsibility.
  • Finally: smile often and volunteer. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Weekly assignments are listed below, following the due dates for final drafts of papers.

Due dates for final revisions are as follows:

Final drafts for the Critical Paper due: no later than Wednesday, 3 October. 
Final drafts of Scholarly Review due:  by Wed., 31 Oct.
Final drafts of Nonfiction Prose Essay due by Wed., 28 Nov.
Final, final Core Assessment paper (revised a 3rd time--or more), due no later than Tuesday, 11 Dec., with cover letter to editor of chosen journal.
Final Reflective Essay due Tuesday, 11 December in my office no later than Noon.
The Class Newsletter must be turned in on Mon., 19 Nov. in class, with copies for everyone in class plus five additional copies for the Professor. 

Week One (week of 20 August)
  • Introduction to the course. Discuss critical paper. 
  • Readings: "Life Narrative: Definitions and Distinctions" (handout)
  • Dorothy Wordsworth: read Introduction and The Alfoxden Journals  
Week Two (week of 27 August) - Week 4 (week of 17 Sept.): 
NOTE: Labor Day, Sept. 3 (no class)
  • Dorothy Wordsworth (readings):
  •        Grasmere Journal selections: Aug. 27 
  •        Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland: Sept. 5
  •       A Narrative Concerning George and Sarah Green: Sept.10
  • Additional readings tba  
  • Discussion of reading
  • Writing Workshop: discussion, reflections, potential topics  
 Week Five  (week of 17 September) - Week Eight (week of 8 October):
  • William Wordsworth (poems and prose): Selections from the Lyrical Ballads; introduction to LB (1802); Tintern Abbey; The Idiot Boy, Michael, The Old Cumberland Beggar
  • Additional critical readings on Wordsworth tba  
  • Discussion
  • Writing Workshop
  • Sept. 19: FIRST DRAFTS OF CRITICAL PAPER DUE: on Wordsworth (either Dorothy or William or both)
  • Oct. 3: Proposal for Scholarly Review due. Begin drafting paper. 
      FALL BREAK: Week of 15 October
Week Nine (week of 22 October) - Week Eleven (week of 5 November):
  • Reading: "Information Transfer and the Personal Point of View" (handout)
  • Discussion: nonfiction prose
  • Research: travel narratives  
  • Writing Workshop
Week Twelve (week of 12 November):
  • Class Newsletter 
 Week Thirteen (week of 19 November) - Week Fourteen (week of 26 November):
  • Revisions, research, discussion. 
Week Fifteen (week of 3 December):
  • Readings of individual core assessment papers. 
  • Course evaluation.
 Week Sixteen, week of 10 December:  
Reflections paper due in my office on Tuesday, 11 December no later than noon. Papers may be turned in early to Cathy Boisen, 203 Copley.

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 95-96
Review definitions of plagiarism and make sure to document any thing that is not your idea. This includes paraphrased information as well as direct quotes. When in doubt, include a citation. Use MLA documentation style.

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 95
Always do your own work. Cite all sources, whether quoted directly or not. When in doubt, provide citation. Use MLA documentation style.

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98
Because this course is an independent study, we will meet once weekly initially, then once every other week. Attendance policy is as follows:

You are allowed two absences for personal reasons.Because we meet twice weekly, this is equal to 3 absences.
Additional absences will incur penalties:

3-4 absences: Loss of one full letter grade. (A grade of "A" will become a "B"; a grade of "B" will become a "C"; etc.
5-6 absences: Loss of two full letter grades. (A grade of "A" will become a "C"; a grade of "B" will become a "D"; etc.

If you experience extenuating circumstances, you must produce documentation regarding your absence (illness, a death in the family, other reasons). However: regardless of reason, excessive absences will result in a failure to pass the course.

Athletes: I will need documentation from your coach if you must be absent. No exceptions.

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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