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COURSE CODE: "CW 354"
COURSE NAME: "Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Spring 2021
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Alex Gregor
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 1:30 PM 2:45 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: EN 110 with a grade of C or above
OFFICE HOURS: by appointment only

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course aims to develop the creative, editorial, and reading habits needed for the production of poems; to develop self-editing skills; to foster an aesthetic sensibility for use in writing poems. Students will read both contemporary and canonical poetry and materials related to analyzing and editing poems, and participate in a traditional creative writing workshop through in-class writing exercises, reading classmates’ poems, and producing their own poems and discussing them in workshop. 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 poems, to self-edit work in progress, and to discern the characteristics of quality poetry.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:

This particular creative writing workshop in poetry was designed to provide aspiring writers, out-of-the-box thinkers, and budding creatives with an immersive experience with the genre that is student-focused and instructor-led. Over the course of the semester, the instructor and students will work collaboratively to develop an understanding of what poetry is and what poetry could be through: engagement with a wide range of texts written, published, and presented around the world from various cultural and linguistic contexts in order to create flexible frameworks and constraints that will aid in the production of original work; development of a nuanced understanding of their own writing process, from idea generation, brainstorming and drafting to revision, finalization, submission and presentation, to develop their own "writer's eye"; exploration of their own authentic literary style and voice as part of a larger effort to produce work that only they can write. Students will be expected to create a customized creative writing action plan based on their goals and interests, produce a finalized personal portfolio with work ready for submission, and build the tools needed to build & participate in a creative community once the course is over.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Produce creative writing in the genre of poetry that:

     a. Demonstrates their understanding of the creative writing process, from idea generation and drafting to revision and submission
     b. Showcases their ability to develop an original and authentic literary style and voice
     c. Exhibits their aptitude in written communication skills, specifically as they pertain to these genres & literary criticism
     d. Shows their capacity to effectively incorporate literary devices into their work, as well as develop characters, settings, themes, etc.

2. Engage with and respond to creative writing in the genre of poetry in ways that:

     a. Demonstrates their understanding of a particular author's approach to the creative writing process, from idea generation and drafting to revision and submission
     b. Showcases their ability to identify and analyze the originality and authenticity of an author's style and voice
     c. Exhibits their aptitude for reading and processing writing composed in these genres & literary criticism
     d. Shows their capacity to locate and interpret literary devices used by authors, as well as the development of characters, settings, themes, etc.

3. Participate in a writing community—on the class level (workshop), local level (university & Rome) & global level (emerging & published authors, current influences, potential mentors, prospective publishers)—that produces, reviews and discusses poetry in ways that:
     
     a. Demonstrates their understanding of the creative writing process, from idea generation and drafting to revision and submission, as it specifically relates to others (reviewers, editors, readers, etc.)
     b. Showcases their ability to identify, analyze, and promote work that utilizes an original and authentic style and voice
     c. Exhibits their aptitude and encouragement for reading and processing creative writing composed in these genres
     d. Shows their capacity and encouragement for locating and unpacking literary devices used by authors in their work, as well as their development of characters, settings, themes, etc.

TEXTBOOK:
NONE
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
An Open Life: Joseph Campbell in conversation with Michael Toms Michael Toms Harper Collins 9780060972950 Print copies available in the library and the Almost Corner Bookshop. Digital edition available through the library's search engine.
Poems for the Millennium: The University of California Book of Modern and Postmodern PoetryJerome Rothenberg & Pierre JorisUniversity of California Press978-0520072275  
The Poetry of Our World: An International Anthology of Contemporary Poetry.Jeffery PainePerennial9780060951931 Digital version available through the library's search engine.
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
PortfolioWork from Unit 1 (12%), Unit 2 (12%), Unit 3 (12%), Unit 4 (12%), and Unit 5 (12%) along with the Written Studies (10%). The portfolio project was designed to provide students with multiple opportunities over the course of the semester to develop the skills needed to meet the learning outcomes required to pass the course. Since the project evaluates student growth over a period of time, students must submit work in all iterations (in simpler terms, this means that all drafts must be turned in to the appropriate submission form on the stated due date; all deadlines will be posted to Moodle and/or communicated in our classes, providing students with an adequate amount of time to complete and submit them). By default, any failure to submit any assignment on a given due date will result in a "0" on that assignment. 70
Participation Workshop (10%) & Discussion (10%). Our course is divided into five units; each unit will include a writing workshop, in which students are expected to actively participate by providing positive feedback and constructive criticism on everyone's work in two formats: written feedback in the workshop forum (10%) and oral feedback during our synchronous class meetings (10%). Students are expected to provide 5-7 written feedback points for each other per unit, as well as 3-5 oral feedback points for each other per class discussions.20
FinalTBA. The final exam will be communicated to students either near the end of the semester or during the final exam period. Students can expect the exam to be an extension of the portfolio project, meaning that active participation in the course—on the individual and group level—will have thoroughly prepared you for the final exam.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:

Students are required to attend all scheduled class meetings. Within the context of the current approach to the handling the COVID-19 pandemic by not only the university but also the instructor, the word "attend" means either a) being physically present in the classroom for the entirety of our lessons, or b) being logged in to our virtual classroom on Microsoft Teams for the entirety of our lessons with your camera on. In the event that we are not able to have class, students are expected to spend our scheduled class time, which amounts to a total of 75 minutes, engaging with coursework and providing evidence of having done so, if needed.

Students are allowed 4 absences during the term (excused or unexcused). Each additional absence beyond the four allowed will result in the reduction in the final grade for the course by 5%. Students arriving to class after attendance has been taken will be counted as late. Two late arrivals will count as an absence. As a common courtesy, students are asked to notify the instructor before the scheduled class time to communicate your tardiness or absence. Please refer to the JCU catalog for the attendance and absence policies.

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

Note on changes: The course schedule is subject to change. Changes will be communicated orally in class and/or in writing via email or Moodle.
Note on readings: We will engage with texts from a wide range of international authors and artists from various linguistic and cultural backgrounds, based on student interest and whatever direction our course will take. I will try to make as much as possible available as online, digitized texts; however, if you are interested in digging deeper, you're encouraged to get your hands on one of texts listed above in "course readings."
Note on assignments: While the dates below will provide you an official deadline for most assignments, the course schedule is subject to change. All information related to assignments can be found on Moodle. To avoid any confusion, all assignment requirements, instructions, rubrics, etc. will be posted directly to the Assignment Submission Form (labeled as such) in the corresponding week block, as well as discussed at length during our class meetings.

Week  Unit Focus  Readings Major Assignments Due dates for Major Written Assignments
1  1 Introduction to Unit  Selected Readings Written Study: TBA

TBA

2   Workshop   Peer Writing Draft of Work for Unit 1 Tuesday, January 26th @ 1:30pm (Rome time)
3   Workshop   Peer Writing Written Feedback for Unit 1 WS
Written Study: TBA
Tuesday, February 2nd @ 1:30pm (Rome time)
4  2 Introduction to Unit  Selected Readings

Final Draft of Work for Unit 1 Due

Tuesday, February 9th @ 1:30pm (Rome time)
5   Workshop  Peer Writing Draft of Work for Unit 2 Tuesday, February 16th @ 1:30pm (Rome time)
6   Workshop   Peer Writing Written Feedback for Unit 2 WS
Written Study: TBA
Tuesday, February 23rd @ 1:30pm (Rome time)
7  3 Introduction to Unit   Selected Readings

Final Draft of Work for Unit 2 Due

Tuesday, March 2nd @ 1:30pm (Rome time)
8   Workshop  Peer Writing Draft of Work for Unit 3 Tuesday, March 16th @ 1:30pm (Rome time)
9   Workshop  Peer Writing Written Feedback for Unit 3 WS
Written Study: TBA
Tuesday, March 23rd @ 1:30pm (Rome time)
10  4 Introduction to Unit   Selected Readings Final Draft of Work for Unit 3 Due Tuesday, March 30th @ 1:30pm (Rome time)
11   Workshop  Peer Writing Draft of Work for Unit 4 Tuesday, April 6th @ 1:30pm (Rome time)
12   Workshop  Peer Writing Written Feedback for Unit 4 WS
Written Study: TBA
Tuesday, April 13th @ 1:30pm (Rome time)
13  5 Introduction to Unit  Selected Readings & Peer Writing Final Draft of Work for Unit 4 Due Tuesday, April 20th @ 1:30pm (Rome time)
14   Conclusions  Selected Readings & Peer Writing Written Study: TBA Tuesday, April 27th @ 1:30pm (Rome time)
15   Final   TBA TBA