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School of Humanities Department of Language and Communication P.O. Box 175, Port of Spain, Trinidad, W.I. ENGL467-Creative Writing Credits: 3 First semester: 2013-2014 Class time: 4:30-5:45pm, M, W, 105 Instructor’s Information: Instructor: Ms. Fay White, PhD (cand.) Email address: email@example.com Office hours: M,W-3:30-4:30pm, T,R- 4:30-5:30pm and by appointment Course Description: Creative writing focuses on imagination and creativity hence; students will create and compose fictional narratives. The literary genre which is negotiated is the short story. Elements of a short story for example; theme, plot, point of view, characterization, dialogue and setting will be revisited. Goals/Aim of Course: By the end of the semester student will: 1. Understand through lectures, class discussion and writing practice the elements of a short story.
Undergraduate Course Outline: Revised August 2013
“It always seems impossible until it's done.” Nelson Mandela
Please turn off cell phones or place them on vibrate as you enter the classroom. video presentations. a record of submission signed by the student is mandatory for all major assignments. 7. A hard copy of each assignment must be submitted in person. to the instructor. Any late assignment submitted will result in a deduction of 5 points for that particular assignment. on the due date. 2. Teaching Strategies: Modes of instruction will include lectures given by the instructor. Students are expected to be punctual to every class session. 6. Course Policies: 1. Students are expected to show respect for the ideas and opinions of their peers. Students are expected to adhere to the University’s dress code. It would be my pleasure to provide assistance to any student with any disability once I am aware and equipped to do so. by the student. 5. 4. 3. Assignment guidelines: 1. Undergraduate Course Outline: Revised August 2013 “It always seems impossible until it's done. Absences will affect your final grade. 3. Write fictional short stories and share with their group members during writing workshop sessions. expectations and criteria for grading will be provided.” Nelson Mandela . Become familiar with the diverse processes which successful writers negotiate as they compose fictional narratives. Additionally. 2. however no assignment will be accepted more than a week after it was due. Provide constructive comments regarding the writings of their peers during classroom workshops. group activities and discussions.Creative Writing Page 2 of 7 2. For each major assignment. Plagiarism will result in an F for the assignment which was plagiarized. Please see page 21 of the University’s Bulletin. a handout with specific guidelines. 4.
” Nelson Mandela . reflective. science fiction etc. The standard Times New Roman. mysterious. 1. Essay summaries/analyses writing process. Page 3 of 7 4. Class attendance and participation: Undergraduate Course Outline: Revised August 2013 30% 30% Students will create a fictional story which negotiates a particular theme or ideology. 4. 5. One short story will be focused on theme or ideology and the other will include research findings. according to the respective documentation style should be used. 12 point font is required. unless otherwise indicated. Story based on theme or ideology 2. historical. Course Requirements: Students will compose 2 fictional narratives which are 7-10 pages in length. Additional assignment 3.Creative Writing 3. Students will be required to research a subject or issue and write a fictional story 20% Students will summarise and analyze essays by published writing discussing the 5% “It always seems impossible until it's done. A copy of each assignment must also be submitted on Turnitin. The appropriate pagination. Letter size (8 1/2 x 11) white bond paper is required for all assignment submissions at the university. The stories written in this class can be psychological. as the emphasis of the class is the process of writing short stories. All assignments are to be typed and double-spacing is to be used. Writer’s Workshop 15% Students will share their fictional stories with their group members during writing workshop sessions and provide constructive comments regarding the writings of their peers. meditative. fantastic. A cover page with the assignment indicated is mandatory for each submission. romantic. Story based on Research which includes their findings.
” Nelson Mandela .74 65-69 60-64 55-59 50. Students who breach academic policy with regard to the unethical submission of research may automatically fail the course or face harsher penalties. Undergraduate Course Outline: Revised August 2013 5% 30% 30% 20% 15% Mark/Percentages 90-100 85-89 80-84 75.54 0-49 “It always seems impossible until it's done.Creative Writing Page 4 of 7 Students must attend required class sessions (please see page 15 of the University’s bulletin) and participate in classroom activities and discussions.79 70. The following grading scheme will be used. Grade Computation: Class attendance and participation Story based on theme/ideology Story based on research Essay summaries/analyses In class assignments/ writer’s workshop Grading Scheme: Students will be evaluated primarily based on a cumulative form of assessment. Letter Grade A AB+ B BC+ C CD F Academic integrity: Plagiarism is unacceptable by the standards of the University of the Southern Caribbean.
All drafts for conferences must be typed. In such cases the illness must be substantiated by medical documentation. it will not be rescheduled except in cases of illness.personality. If a conference is missed. 21 of the Undergraduate Bulletin 20102012).Creative Writing Page 5 of 7 (Please read “Academic Integrity. values etc Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Undergraduate Course Outline: Revised August 2013 “It always seems impossible until it's done. The final peer review draft conference will be a review of the completed research paper. Course Calendar: Week Activity Week 1 Introduction to course: Course outline review Group formation What is Creative Writing? The purpose of creative writing What is a short story? The writing process Writing as a process not product Elements of a short story Theme and ideology in narrative The short story as didactic Discussion on Nadine Gordimer’s “Being a Product of Your Dwelling Place” Collaborative learning: The Creative writer and the writer’s workshop Modes of Discourse Characters in narrative Creating authentic characters.” Nelson Mandela . Conferences Conferences are scheduled to assist in refining the specific assignment and to update the lecturer on students’ progress.” p.
” Nelson Mandela .psychological. past. flashbacks etc Writer’s workshop Conflict in narrative Week 10 Types of conflict in narrative.Video Fictional story based on theme or ideology due MID SEMESTER BREAK The Story by research “The Passionate Researcher” by Patricia Cornwell Student conferences Page 6 of 7 Week 8 Week 9 Time Present. physical. social etc Week 11 Plot in narrative Types of plots in narrative Writer’s workshop Week 12 Setting (location) Describing the physical and environmental space Essay summary/ analysis due Writer’s workshop Undergraduate Course Outline: Revised August 2013 “It always seems impossible until it's done.Creative Writing Writer’s workshop Week 6 Characters in narrative cont’d Stranger than Fiction Part 1 .video Week 7 The writer and the writing process Stranger than Fiction Part 2.
Cengage Learning. Madden. Undergraduate Course Outline: Revised August 2013 “It always seems impossible until it's done. Fort Worth Texas: Harcourt Brace.1. Other recommended texts: DeMaria. 3rd Ed. Robert. peruse the required textbook and follow all instructions given by the instructor. third person. 2006. David.” Nelson Mandela . Steven. omniscient narrator etc Essay summary/analysis due week 14 Dialogue in narrative Story based research due Week 15 Final week of class Course review and evaluation Textbook: Earnshaw. How to succeed in this course: Success in this course requires that students are present for every class session. Vintage Short Fiction. The College Handbook of Creative Writing. USA: Wadsworth. 1998 or earlier versions. The Handbook of Creative writing. Vol. College Publishers.Creative Writing Page 7 of 7 Week 13 Point of View in narrative first person.
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