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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "CW 350"
COURSE NAME: "Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Spring 2019
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Geoghegan
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 16:30-17:45 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: EN 110 with a grade of C or above
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The course aims to develop the creative, editorial, and reading habits needed for the production of literary fiction; to develop self-editing skills; and to foster an aesthetic sensibility for use in writing literary fiction. Students will read both contemporary literary fiction and materials related to analyzing and editing literary fiction and participate in a traditional creative writing workshop through in-class writing exercises, reading classmates' fiction, and producing and workshopping their own fiction. Students will compile a portfolio of the work they produce during the term. Students completing this workshop course will be familiar with the skills needed to produce literary fiction, to self-edit work in progress, and to discern the characteristics that make quality literary fiction.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
The course aims to develop the creative, editorial, and reading habits needed for the production of literary fiction; to develop self-editing skills; and to foster an aesthetic sensibility for use in writing literary fiction. Students will read both contemporary literary fiction and materials related to analyzing and editing literary fiction and participate in a traditional creative writing workshop through in-class writing exercises, reading classmates' fiction, and producing and workshopping their own fiction. Students will compile a portfolio of the work they produce during the term. Students completing this workshop course will be familiar with the skills needed to produce literary fiction, to self-edit work in progress, and to discern the characteristics that make quality literary fiction.
LEARNING OUTCOMES:
The course aims to develop the creative, editorial, and reading habits needed for the production of literary fiction; to develop self-editing skills; and to foster an aesthetic sensibility for use in writing literary fiction. Students will read both contemporary literary fiction and materials related to analyzing and editing literary fiction and participate in a traditional creative writing workshop through in-class writing exercises, reading classmates' fiction, and producing and workshopping their own fiction. Students will compile a portfolio of the work they produce during the term. Students completing this workshop course will be familiar with the skills needed to produce literary fiction, to self-edit work in progress, and to discern the characteristics that make quality literary fiction.
TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Gotham Writers' Workshop WRITING FICTION: A Practical GuideBloomsburyBloomsburyisbn 9781582343303 AVAILABLE AT ANGLO AMERICAN BOOKSHOP; no ebooks / digital copies allowed in class.
100 Years of Best American Short Storieseditors Lorrie Moore & Heidi PitlorHoughton Mifflin Harcourtisbn 0547485859 Available at ANGLO AMERICAN BOOKSHOP; no ebooks or digital copies allowed in class.
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Final Fiction Portfolio This is the sum-total of the works of fiction produced in class, revised and submitted at the end of term. The exact assignments contained within the portfolios varies from semester to semester, but it is generally about 30 pages of prose fiction. Guidelines for specific assignments will be provided in class and posted on Moodle. 50%
Attendance & Participation See JCU attendance policy for classes that meet two times per week. Please note that students who are more than 15 minutes late may be counted as absent. 10%
Peer ReviewStudents are required to give written and oral feedback of the work submitted by their peers. Preparation for and participation in the peer reviews is required. 15%
Self editing, revision, and process analysis Editing one's own work is a crucial part of the fiction writing process. Submitted stories and assignments will all be revised over the course of the term. 15%
Homework, Presentations, and AssignmentsStudents will present close readings of assigned pieces, as well as produce written responses to the readings from class. These homework assignments will vary throughout the term. 10%

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course.
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
The course aims to develop the creative, editorial, and reading habits needed for the production of literary fiction; to develop self-editing skills; and to foster an aesthetic sensibility for use in writing literary fiction. Students will read both contemporary literary fiction and materials related to analyzing and editing literary fiction and participate in a traditional creative writing workshop through in-class writing exercises, reading classmates' fiction, and producing and workshopping their own fiction. Students will compile a portfolio of the work they produce during the term. Students completing this workshop course will be familiar with the skills needed to produce literary fiction, to self-edit work in progress, and to discern the characteristics that make quality literary fiction.
ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

Additional readings & guidelines will be posted on Moodle. This is an overview of the course. The complete schedule with assigned reading and due dates will be provided in class. 

 

Dates

Reading Assignments & Homework

Week One

UNIT ONE: Exploring fiction, flash-fiction, and descriptive writing. An overview of the components of fiction writing. 

Course Intro & in class writing

Buy textbook (Almost Corner Book store)

Bring text + read Ch. 1 + handouts/flash fiction packet

Week Two 

             

Guidelines for Snapshot; Reading TBA

Snapshots due + bring copies (see guidelines, Moodle) Workshop Order TBD

Week Three

Workshop, Continued

Workshop, Continued (if nec.)

Readings TBD

Week Four

UNIT TWO: The Short Story & voice-driven writing and narration / point-of-view

Week Five







Readings TBD; incorporating dialogue & developing characters 

Week Six

Stories due; see guidelines (Moodle) + copies due

Workshop order TBD

Week Seven

Workshop

Week Eight

Unit Three: Structuring stories / restructuring & revision

Reading TBD

Week Nine

Bring in Revised Stories; Workshop order TBD

Week Ten

Workshop

Week Eleven

Workshop

Week Twelve 

Reading TBD

 

Week Thirteen

Microfiction Due; workshop

Week Fourteen

Workshop 

Week Fifteen

PORTFOLIOS due

Wed 4/25 

NO CLASS 

(Italian holiday)

Exam Week