ENG 3521: Creative Writing
Spring Semester 2020
Section ST-01 — Thursday 12:25-13:50 — 8 Campus Centre
Professor: Dr. S. P. Cooper
E-mail Address: spcooper [at] rc [dot] edu
Office Location: 202 Gallaher Centre
Office Hours: Monday 11:45-13:50 and Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 11:45-12:15
Rochester University Mission Statement
Rochester University prepares students for professional and personal success as they serve in God’s world.
English Department Course Description
Creative writing theory and practice in conjunction with Ex Libris activities, including the compilation of the literary journal. The course may be repeated up to a maximum of 6 credit hours for Creative Writing.
Prerequisite for ENG 3251
• Grade of C or better in ENG 1123 or HON 2013.
Baer, William. Writing Metrical Poetry: Contemporary Lessons for Mastering Traditional Forms. Second edition. Evansville, IN: Measure Press, 2015. ISBN 978-0-9849836-9-8.
Assigned readings from the texts are a pre-requisite for class discussions. You are responsible for reading your text prior to class so that you understand the class material which is based on the concepts presented in text. We will not spend class time reading the assigned readings from the course text: if you do not do the reading, you will not be prepared for class, and you will not be able to earn a passing grade in this course.
Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms
The Bedford Glossary is a standard reference for the specialised language used to discuss literary and critical practises in literature. The current version of the Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms is the fourth edition (ISBN 978-1-319-03539-6).
Chicago Manual of Style
Students who continue to write in the humanities will like be asked to employ Chicago style or another, similar style. Often, new versions will have substantial changes incorporating advances in technology. Older versions may not explain how to cite websites, blogs, social media, podcasts, &c. The current version of the Chicago Manual of Style is the seventeenth edition (ISBN: 978-0226287058). There are also a number of online resources for the most common citation guidelines from the text.
Oxford English Dictionary
The OED is the standard dictionary used in university research, because it documents historical usages and references. There are computer programs and mobile applications available for purchase in order to access the OED.
Institutional Learning Goals
As part of our ongoing assessment program, this course addresses the following Institutional Learning Goals:
Communication Literacy: Students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of written and verbal forms.
Cultural Literacy: Students will be able to understand, appraise, and respectfully engage with their own and others’ histories, practices, artifacts, and belief systems.
Programme Learning Outcomes
Composition: Students will be able to effectively communicate using written texts for a variety of rhetorical situations. (ILG: Communication Literacy)
Literary Analysis: Students will be able to apply a wide range of critical theories to canonical and emerging literatures. (ILGs: Communication Literacy and Cultural Literacy)
Course Learning Outcomes
After completing this course, students will be able to do the following:
1. Explore, practice and document the individual imaginative process of literary composition (PLO: Composition)
2. Demonstrate effective writing, in compliance with RC Writing Standards (which are linked to on the Student Portal, Faculty Portal, and Library “Research Help” page) as well as other formatting requirements (PLO: Composition)
3. Demonstrate critical reading and listening skills through engagement with creative texts (PLO: Rhetorical Contexts)
4. Engage in writing activities in multiple genres informing a major project or projects (PLO: Composition)
5. Pursue and implement research necessary for the creative work (PLO: Rhetorical Contexts)
6. Prepare work for submission to literary contests/publications (PLO: Composition)
The written work in this course consists of twelve writing prompts from the textbook and a formal portfolio submitted for review at Mid-Term and final grading at End-of-Term.
Format and Submission
All coursework must be typed and double-spaced, using 12-point Palatino/Palatino Linotype or Times New Roman font, with one-inch page margins and, if requested electronically, saved in Microsoft Word .docx format. All work must be formatted in Chicago style (including matter such as page numbers, student name, date, etc.). In addition to fulfilling other content expectations, the body text must meet the minimum length requirement to be accepted as complete.
Students must be prepared to participate in discussions: participation is a course requirement. This entails students having read, annotated, and thought about the complete assignment carefully before class starts. Furthermore, students must bring their copy of drafts to every draft workshop. Because draft workshops involve closely examining drafts, if students do not have their drafts then they are not prepared for class, even if they have read the assignment, and they may be marked absent.
Participation is only affected negatively by attendance (i.e. absences cause students to miss the opportunity to participate). Students do not receive participation credit simply for being present. Participation grade is based upon participation in workshops, lectures, and discussions. To receive a perfect participation grade, a student must participate constructively and substantially in every class meeting and have exceptional (not merely good) participation in workshops. No portion of the participation grade can be ‘made up’.
Final grades are calculated automatically and are not (and will not be) rounded up. It is improper and unethical for students to request modification of a grade except in cases of professor error. Grades are issued according to the letter scale: A (100-93), A- (92-90), B+ (89-87), B (86-83), B- (82-0), C+ (79-77), C (76-73), C- (72-70), D+ (69-67), D (66-63), D- (62-60), F (59-1), and Ø (0).
Grades on individual papers will be weighted as follows:
Mid-Term Portfolio Review (10%)
Final Portfolio (30%)
*The final portfolio will not be accepted without a completed mid-term review.
In-Class Workshop (10%)
Two In-Class Workshops (2×5% each)
Weekly Assignments (20%)
Twelve Weekly Prompts (10×2% each)
*The two lowest, non-zero grades from completed weekly assignments will be dropped.
Participation and In-Class Work (30%)
Average of at least 4 points per class session: A
Average of at least 3 ⅔ points per class sesssion: A-
Average of at least 3 ⅓ points per class session: B+
Average of at least 3 points per class session: B
Average of at least 2 ⅔ points per class session: B-
Average of at least 2 ⅓ points per class session: C+
Average of at least 2 points per class session: C
Average of at least 1 ⅔ points per class session: C-
Average of at least 1 ⅓ points per class session: D+
Average of at least 1 point per class session: D
Average of at least ½ point per class session: D-
Average of less than ½ point per class session: F
Late Work Policy
Unless instructed otherwise, all assignments are due in full at the start of class. Incomplete assignments, including work under the required minimum length, will not be graded. Students must contact the professor to request approval and a new deadline before 21:00/9:00P.M. on the night before the due date if work cannot be submitted completely and on time. A doctor’s note or other proof may be requested as a condition of such approval. No comments will be provided for late work. The professor will determine specific grade reductions based on timely prior notification, whether revised deadlines are met, and similar factors. Late work will be accepted and graded only if a new deadline is arranged with the professor in advance. Late work submitted without prior professor approval will not be accepted, and will be assigned a grade of 0%.
Extra Credit Policy
No extra credit will be available in this course.
Course Grade of Incomplete
In circumstances of absolutest extremity, a grade of Incomplete will be considered at the end of the semester only if the student has attended nearly all of the class sessions, has a passing grade, and has signed and submitted an Incomplete Contract to the Registrar with the professor’s signature on it.
Class attendance is required, and attendance will be taken at each class session. Arriving more than fifteen minutes late or leaving early without professor approval will count as an absence. Timely attendance, preparedness, and active participation count as ten per cent of the final grade. There are no ‘excused’ absences except where necessitated by the University: Students will automatically receive an F grade for the course if they exceed two absences. Regardless of the reason for an absence, students are responsible for any material missed, or any assignments due, during class. In-class assignments cannot be made up.
Dropping and Withdrawing
The last day to request course withdrawal is Friday, 20 March 2020.
Please note that the course professor has no ability to change or modify the withdraw date. Students should contact the Office of the Registrar for further information, or speak with a counselor to discuss how drops and withdrawals may affect the ability to receive financial aid.
Plagiarism is the act of copying work from books, articles, and websites without citing and documenting the source. Plagiarism includes copying language, ideas, texts, and visuals without citation (e.g., copying and pasting from websites). Plagiarism also includes submitting papers (or sections of papers) that were submitted for another course, written by another person (including another student), or downloaded from the Internet. Plagiarism is a serious academic offense that is permanently recorded on the student’s record. It will result in a grade of 0 on the assignment, and may also result in a grade of F in the course and suspension or expulsion from the university. Professors are required to report all cases of plagiarism to the Registrar and the Dean’s office.
Code of Academic Integrity
Students should abide by the Code of Academic Integrity for Rochester University. This document may be found by clicking on the link underneath “All Students” on the left-hand side of the student portal log in page.
Classroom Decorum and Respect Policy
The professor reserves the right to ask any student to leave for violations of these policies and for other disruptive or distracting behaviour.
• Students should ensure that all pagers, cell phones, watches, etc., are turned off (not just set to vibrate) during class time. Use of cellular phones, computers, tablets, etc. is not permitted during class, except by accomodation request.
• Repeatedly attending class late or leaving early is distracting both to the professor and to other students, and will result in a significant reduction of the course grade, up to and including an F.
• Rude, mean-spirited, divisive, or dismissive attitudes and comments are not appropriate in the university classroom, and consequently will not be tolerated. Attentive and thoughtful conduct is expected and required in every situation.
• All documentation and communication carried out in this course should be written formally, respectfully, and professionally, including both course papers and e-mail communication with the professor and other students.
• Students will be asked to share writing and make photocopies for others in class.
• Students are not permitted to photograph or otherwise record other students or the professor without express prior consent.
The Ennis and Nancy Ham Library offers electronic, print, and audio-visual materials to all students, employees, and guests. Users have remote and on-campus access to indexing and full-text articles in over 60 electronic databases, as well as numerous electronic books. For more information, visit http://www.rc.edu/lib.
The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) offers free peer tutoring sessions, 24/7 online tutoring support, study resources, computer and printer stations, and much more for all Rochester University students. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.rc.edu/ace.
Arrangements for Students with Disabilities
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1973, Rochester University provides reasonable accommodations for all persons with disabilities. If you are seeking accommodations, you are required to register with the Accommodations Officer (248-218-2011 or email@example.com). Rochester University’s accommodations policy and forms can be found at http://www.rc.edu/accommodations.
If you are experiencing challenges (such as mental health, food insecurity, homelessness, personal emergencies, etc.) that are interfering with your coursework, you are encouraged to notify your instructor, or contact the Student Care Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Dean of Students for support and referrals to campus and/or community resources.
For your safety, during the event of a campus lockdown, the professor is in charge and students are instructed to follow the directions of their professor. Please familiarize yourself with the Emergency Guidelines located on the Student Portal.
Schedule of Assignments and Readings
The current schedule of assignments and readings is available online. The professor reserves the right to amend this list as necessary by adding, substituting, or removing readings, assignments, conferences, and other course materials.