Creative Writing

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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: whitefusc@hotmail.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

however no assignment will be accepted more than a week after it was due. Assignment guidelines: 1. Plagiarism will result in an F for the assignment which was plagiarized. 6. group activities and discussions. 5. to the instructor. 3. Students are expected to be punctual to every class session. 3. Course Policies: 1. by the student. a handout with specific guidelines. Write fictional short stories and share with their group members during writing workshop sessions. on the due date. 2. Please turn off cell phones or place them on vibrate as you enter the classroom. Please see page 21 of the University’s Bulletin. expectations and criteria for grading will be provided. 4. Teaching Strategies: Modes of instruction will include lectures given by the instructor. Absences will affect your final grade. Become familiar with the diverse processes which successful writers negotiate as they compose fictional narratives. Undergraduate Course Outline: Revised August 2013 “It always seems impossible until it's done. Any late assignment submitted will result in a deduction of 5 points for that particular assignment. Students are expected to adhere to the University’s dress code.Creative Writing Page 2 of 7 2. Students are expected to show respect for the ideas and opinions of their peers. Additionally.” Nelson Mandela . It would be my pleasure to provide assistance to any student with any disability once I am aware and equipped to do so. 4. 7. a record of submission signed by the student is mandatory for all major assignments. Provide constructive comments regarding the writings of their peers during classroom workshops. video presentations. For each major assignment. 2. A hard copy of each assignment must be submitted in person.

A cover page with the assignment indicated is mandatory for each submission. The appropriate pagination. Essay summaries/analyses writing process. A copy of each assignment must also be submitted on Turnitin. as the emphasis of the class is the process of writing short stories. reflective. according to the respective documentation style should be used. The standard Times New Roman. 4. historical. Course Requirements: Students will compose 2 fictional narratives which are 7-10 pages in length. 4. Story based on theme or ideology ideology. romantic. 1. Story based on Research story which includes their findings. Writer’s Workshop 15% 20% Students will summarise and analyze essays by published writing discussing the 30% Students will be required to research a subject or issue and write a fictional 30% Students will create a fictional story which negotiates a particular theme or Undergraduate Course Outline: Revised August 2013 “It always seems impossible until it's done. unless otherwise indicated. One short story will be focused on theme or ideology and the other will include research findings. fantastic. 2. Additional assignment 3.” Nelson Mandela . mysterious. The stories written in this class can be psychological. 12 point font is required.Creative Writing Page 3 of 7 3. science fiction etc. meditative. All assignments are to be typed and double-spacing is to be used. Letter size (8 1/2 x 11) white bond paper is required for all assignment submissions at the university.

79 70.74 65-69 60-64 55-59 50.54 0-49 5% 30% 30% 20% 15% Undergraduate Course Outline: Revised August 2013 “It always seems impossible until it's done. 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 Mark/Percentages 90-100 85-89 80-84 75. Class attendance and participation: 5% Students must attend required class sessions (please see page 15 of the University’s bulletin) and participate in classroom activities and discussions. 5.” Nelson Mandela .Creative Writing Page 4 of 7 Students will share their fictional stories with their group members during writing workshop sessions and provide constructive comments regarding the writings of their peers. The following grading scheme will be used.

(Please read “Academic Integrity.” Nelson Mandela . it will not be rescheduled except in cases of illness. In such cases the illness must be substantiated by medical documentation. 21 of the Undergraduate Bulletin 2010-2012). If a conference is missed.Creative Writing Academic integrity: Page 5 of 7 Plagiarism is unacceptable by the standards of the University of the Southern Caribbean.” p. Students who breach academic policy with regard to the unethical submission of research may automatically fail the course or face harsher penalties. All drafts for conferences must be typed. Conferences Conferences are scheduled to assist in refining the specific assignment and to update the lecturer on students’ progress. 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 Week 2 Week 3 Discussion on Nadine Gordimer’s “Being a Product of Your Dwelling Place” Week 4 Collaborative learning: The Creative writer and the writer’s workshop Modes of Discourse Undergraduate Course Outline: Revised August 2013 “It always seems impossible until it's done.

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 Undergraduate Course Outline: Revised August 2013 “It always seems impossible until it's done.video Week 7 The writer and the writing process Stranger than Fiction Part 2. past.” Nelson Mandela .Video Fictional story based on theme or ideology due MID SEMESTER BREAK The Story by research Week 8 “The Passionate Researcher” by Patricia Cornwell Student conferences Week 9 Time Present.personality. flashbacks etc Writer’s workshop Conflict in narrative Week 10 Types of conflict in narrative. values etc Page 6 of 7 Writer’s workshop Week 6 Characters in narrative cont’d Stranger than Fiction Part 1 .psychological.Creative Writing Week 5 Characters in narrative Creating authentic characters. physical.

Vintage Short Fiction. David. How to succeed in this course: Success in this course requires that students are present for every class session. 2006. Other recommended texts: DeMaria. Fort Worth Texas: Harcourt Brace. USA: Wadsworth. 1998 or earlier versions. 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. peruse the required textbook and follow all instructions given by the instructor. Undergraduate Course Outline: Revised August 2013 “It always seems impossible until it's done. Madden. College Publishers.1.” Nelson Mandela . Cengage Learning. Steven. third person. Robert.Creative Writing Page 7 of 7 Essay summary/ analysis due Writer’s workshop Week 13 Point of View in narrative first person. Vol. 3rd Ed. The College Handbook of Creative Writing. The Handbook of Creative writing.

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