NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

MISSION STATEMENT

Creative Writing

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: Creative Writing
    B. Course Number: EN 213B - 10255
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: T Th 11:00:00 AM - 12:15:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Connell, Linda
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address: lconnell@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours:
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): EN 113 and EN 123
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: MH105
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This course offers an introduction to the writing of various literary genres resulting in individual writing portfolios. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: EN 123 or consent of instructor.

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    This course fulfills NMJC's general education requirement for a sophomore-level English class or as a humanities elective. This course articulates to most colleges and universities which require a sophomore literature component; in addition, it transfers as an elective to most institutions which do not require the sophomore literature component.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    No separate creative writing textbook this semester.

    Your EN113 handbook is a necessity. Check your grammar.


    120+ sheet spiral notebook for journaling and in-class assignments.

    A good dictionary.
    A good thesaurus.

    Suggested:

    A good (3-ring)folder to act as portfolio for all original work created.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F
    

    FINAL: Tuesday, May 10 from 12-1:45 p.m.

    The instructor reserves the right to make exceptions any policy, if in the instructor's judgment, circumstances warrant a change.

    You will be given a due date in class and on Canvas for EACH ASSIGNMENT. Papers must be on Canvas at that time.

    NEVER wait until "your clock" reads 11:45 a.m., if is actually due by that time. When submitting a paper to Canvas, always submit at least fifteen minutes before Canvas closes its submission site. Missing the time results in grade loss. READ THE FOLLOWING:

    To submit a paper successfully to Canvas, you must have a Microsoft Word program on your home computer that is compatible with the program in the lab, OR you must save your paper in Rich Text Format (RTF). [Of course, you must also know how to save and retrieve information from the flash drive. Ask me for help if necessary.]

    GRADES WILL LOSE points in the following manner:

    REMEMBER TURNING IN A PAPER DOES NOT GUARANTEE YOU AN "A".

    ALL essays must be entered on Canvas or receive an F/0.

    1. IF YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE GETTING AN "A" PAPER IN BEFORE THE DEADLINE AND MISSED BY A SECOND, the highest grade that can be maKe--IF THE PAPER WOULD HAVE BEEN an "A" paper--is a "B" BECAUSE I WILL HAVE TO REOPEN THE PORTAL TO ALLOW YOU TO SUBMIT.

    2. IF THE PAPER WOULD HAVE BEEN AN "A", BUT YOU DO NOT TURN IT IN UNTIL THE SECOND DAY AFTER IT IS DUE, YOU WILL RECEIVE A "C".

    3. IF THE PAPER WOULD HAVE BEEN AN "A",BUT IS NOT TURNED IN UNTIL DAY 3, THE HIGHEST GRADE YOU CAN MAKE IS A "D".

    4. Late work on major essay assignments and exams is accepted for three days (72 hours) after an assignment. After that a ZERO will be recorded.


    It is ALSO possible that your paper will not be read on the first class meeting AFTER IT WAS DUE, etc., but it is DUE ON CANVAS AT THE APPOINTED TIME.

    6. READING YOUR PAPER TO THE CLASS IS REQUIRED, THIS IS NOT AN ONLINE CLASS. YOUR PAPER IS NOT PUBLISHED UNTIL YOU READ IT. YOU WILL NOT MAKE MORE THAN AND F/5O IF YOU DO NOT PUBLISH. SUBMIT IT, BUT REMEMBER: READING YOUR PAPER IS A REQUIREMENT.

    # You must also bring two hard copies to class for your presentation: one for you and one for me. You may print them in class BEFORE CLASS STARTS--NOT AFTER.


    If you are caught plagiarizing or LYING, you will receive an automatic "F" for the semester.

    In-class assignments must be made up in a timely manner: 1) You have FIVE Week DAYS to make up the work. [EXAMPLE: A presentation on Monday must be made up by the next Monday.]

    12:00 P.M. = NOON---submit not later than 11:45 A.M.

    12:00 A.M. = MIDNIGHT---submit no later than 11:45 P.M.

    To receive a passing grade, student needs to be familiar with the following:

    Grades:

    Attendance, Criticisms, Reading and Explicating Poetry, In-class writings = 15% of Final Grade.

    Writing Projects =85%
    Autobiographical piece: Creative Non-Fiction = 15%
    Poetry (8-10 Poems) = 20%
    Fiction/Short Story = 20%
    One-Act Play = 30% Being in class FOR EACH PRESENTATION and PART OF AT LEAST ONE play presentation is REQUIRED. POINTS WILL BE DEDUCTED FROM YOUR PLAY GRADE, IF THIS PART OF THE REQUIREMENT IS NOT MET.

    7, Failure to turn in ONE assignment, RESULTS IN failing the class.


    PARTICIPATION: Constructive and meaningful comments on the subject matter are required. This includes, but is not limited to class discussions, as well as self and peer critiques. The Participation grade will be based on the feedback (written and oral) offered to members of the workshop in response to their submissions.

    Each workshop member will be required to listen to the submissions and offer thoughtful, constructive suggestions and comments to the writer about the work.

    While everyone should feel free to critique the writings of others, please bear in mind that no creative work is ever “done,” so no work will ever be “perfect", and therefore, ALL comments should be made with the intention of building up one another as writers, not with the intention of tearing down one another. Bearing this in mind, NO COMMENT SHOULD BE MADE LIGHTLY!

    We are all human, and our submissions mean something to us, which makes us vulnerable to the words of others about those works. On the other hand, no writer should assume that his or her work is “done” when it is submitted, and should therefore not be overly sensitive to critiques—the workshop is a safe place to bring a draft and to seek guidance and advice from others who are concerned with the craft of writing, and while it is easy to feel defensive about a budding masterpiece, remember that we are all here to learn, to grow, and most importantly, to improve!


    I do not drop grades, nor do I give extra credit work. Don’t ask.




    ALL PAPERS WILL BE SUBMITTED TO Canvas. which will then automatically submit them to turnitin.com. Having your paper on a flashdrive will aid you in completing this process during class time, or having it as an attachment to an email will work as well..

    Turnitin.com is regularly used to check for plagiarism. Any student caught cheating or plagiarizing will fail his or her exercise, test, or paper, and possibly the class.

    All of your papers are regularly submitted to turnitin.com, where they are stored with and compared to the writings of students from around the world. These submissions NEVER disappear--the stockpile of papers grows every millisecond of everyday. In addition, Turnitin accesses every possible site on the internet. If you turn in someone else's paper; copy from any source on the internet, in a database, or from an actual book; use a paper you bought online (or possibly from another student); or even resubmit a paper that you or someone else used in another class--English, education, law, history, psychology, philosophy, etc.--you are running the risk of being labeled a thief of intellectual property, which, in some cases, is legally actionable, as well as deserving of the labels of plagiarism or cheating. DON'T DO IT!

    So how is plagiarism defined on turnitin.com, the site we will be using this semester for ALL papers?
    According to Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to plagiarize means:
    1) to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
    2) to use (another's production) without crediting the source
    3) to commit literary theft
    4) to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.

    In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing [or being given] someone else's work and lying about the situation [ownership] afterward.

    Tips for Success:
    1. Be in class on time every time!
    2. Pay attention.
    3. TAKE NOTES.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Meet deadlines.
    9. Don't plagiarize.

  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:

    • Communication
      • Comprehend information to summarize, analyze, evaluate, and apply to a specific situation.
      • Communicate in an accurate, correct, and understandable manner.
    • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
      • Define a problem and arrive at a logical solution.
      • Use appropriate technology and information systems to collect, analyze, and organize information.
      • Apply critical thinking, analysis, and problem solving to data.
    • Self and Community
      • Analyze and reflect on the ethical dimensions of legal, social, and / or scientific issues.
      • Communicate an awareness of a variety of perspectives of ethical issues.
      • Interact with individuals and within groups with integrity and awareness of others’ opinions, feelings and values.

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College's English and Language Department endorses the Core Competencies as established by the State of New Mexico. In compliance with the State Matrix, all English curriculums have been placed in Area V Courses under Humanities and Fine Arts. By the end of the semester, students should be able to:
    A. Analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.
    B. Express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.
    C. Use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.
    D. Employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating, organizing, composing, revising, and editing to create presentations using correct diction, syntax, grammar, and mechanics.
    E. Integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.
    F. Engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.

    Selected Specific Competencies will be used to demonstrate mastery of the above.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    After completing this course, the student will be able to write material focusing on each of the following areas:
    1. use of imagery;
    2. use of figurative language;
    3. use of rhythm;
    4. use of plot;
    5. use of form and style;
    6. use of irony;
    7. use of observation;
    8. use of concrete language;
    9. use of exact expressions,
    10. use of critical thinking,
    11. use of imagination into creative, written material;
    12. creation of original poems, essays, short stories, etc.;
    13. development of self-expression and style;
    14. and use of SHOWING–NOT TELLING!

  10. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    RESTRICTIONS:

    1. Should a student be dismissed from the class due to some sort of disruption, he or she will not be permitted back in the class until he or she has met with the professor. Permanent dismissal may result if I deem it necessary to take the problem to the Dean.

    2. A plagiarized paper and/or lying to me will result in failure of the course.

    3. FAILURE TO COMPLETE THE FINAL EXAM AT THE APPOINTED TIME WILL RESULT IN AN AUTOMATIC F FOR THE COURSE.

    4. EACH OF THE FOLLOWING OFFENSES COUNT AS AN ABSENCE:

    Use of cell phones, ipods, and/or any other electronic devices, other than NMJC's classroom computers is strictly prohibited. TEXTING AND USING THE INTERNET FOR PERSONAL ENTERTAINMENT, ETC. IS PROHIBITED!

    If I observe a student violating the electronic usage policy, I will document the violation by recording an absence.

    In case of an emergency, you may leave your cell on vibrate and leave the room to take a call. Be sure to close the door behind you when you leave. [Tell me about THE POSSIBILITY OF THIS EVENT OCCURRING when you first arrive in class.]

    These policies are for the benefit of the class as a whole, so please adhere to them.

    HEALTH ISSUES:

    If you have special health problems, such as epilepsy, diabetes, pregnancy--any problem where you are subject to passing out or needing to leave the classroom regularly---please explain the situation to me. Without the explanation, I am prone to assume that you need an ambulance, which could result in an expensive ride to the hospital for you, or I could become upset because you are leaving the classroom regularly for no apparent reason. Let's avoid any misunderstandings.

    If you have a special health problem, please notify me today after class.

    IN GENERAL:
    Regular and punctual class attendance is important to the attainment of the educational objectives of this course. Attendance is required at all sessions of this course.

    Staying up with the reading and writing assignments and participating in class discussions is an integral part of any English course. Being absent from class does not excuse you from keeping up with assignments. If you must be absent, you are still responsible for all lecture materials, so get notes from a classmate, and view all “handouts” posted to Canvas.

    The class will be conducted by lectures, discussions, writing workshops, peer evaluations, and exercises. Writing will be done both in and out of class.

    If you value your grade or want to pass this class, do not turn in late assignments. It is your responsibility to submit all assignments on time. If you are absent during an assignment that is open only within the time frame of one day’s class, you will not be allowed access to that assignment unless your absence is due to a well documented reason. Assignments on Bb are due from everyone--including athletes--on due dates.

    The student must save all papers to a flash drive. Save all files that are submitted for grades. Bring the device to class!



    2. A plagiarized paper will result in failure of the course.

    3. FAILURE TO COMPLETE THE FINAL EXAM AT THE APPOINTED TIME WILL RESULT IN AN AUTOMATIC F FOR THE COURSE.

    4. EACH OF THE FOLLOWING OFFENSES COUNTS AS AN ABSENCE--REMEMBER YOU MAY BE DROPPED FOR TOO MANY ABSENCES:

    Use of cell phones, ipods, and/or any other electronic devices, other than NMJC's classroom computers is strictly prohibited. TEXTING AND USING THE INTERNET FOR PERSONAL ENTERTAINMENT, ETC. IS PROHIBITED AND YOU MAY BE DROPPED FOR TOO MANY ABSENCES.


    REMEMBER: After six absences in MWF/four in a TT/ two absences in night or summer class, you should drop the class, unless special circumstances--illness, death, etc.--warrant a conversation with me. actually assuring that the drop is official is your responsibility. You must go to the Admissions and Records Office and complete the proper paperwork before the drop date in the syllabus. Failure to drop the class may result in your receiving an “F” for this course. [I also reserve the right to drop you at this point for the use of cellular devices.]

    If I observe a student violating the electronic usage policy, I will document the violation by recording an absence.

    In case of an emergency, you may leave your cell on vibrate and leave the room to take a call. Be sure to close the door behind you when you leave. [Tell me about THE POSSIBILITY OF THIS EVENT OCCURRING when you first arrive in class.]

    These policies are for the benefit of the class as a whole, so please adhere to them.

    HEALTH ISSUES:

    If you have special health problems, such as epilepsy, diabetes, pregnancy--any problem where you are subject to passing out or needing to leave the classroom regularly---please explain the situation to me. Without the explanation, I am prone to assume that you need an ambulance, which could result in an expensive ride to the hospital for you, or I could become upset because you are leaving the classroom regularly for no apparent reason. Let's avoid any misunderstandings.

    If you have a special health problem, please notify me today after class.

    IN GENERAL:
    Regular and punctual class attendance is important to the attainment of the educational objectives of this course. Attendance is required at all sessions of this course.

    Staying up with the reading and writing assignments and participating in class discussions is an integral part of any English course. Being absent from class does not excuse you from keeping up with assignments. If you must be absent, you are still responsible for all lecture materials, so get notes from a classmate, and view all “handouts” posted to Bb.
    The class will be conducted by lectures, discussions, writing workshops, peer evaluations, and exercises. Writing will be done both in and out of class.

    If you value your grade or want to pass this class, do not turn in late assignments. It is your responsibility to submit all assignments on time. If you are absent during an assignment that is open only within the time frame of one day’s class, you will not be allowed access to that assignment unless your absence is due to a well documented reason. Assignments on Bb are due from everyone--including athletes--on due dates.

    The student must save all papers to a flash drive. Save all files that are submitted for grades. Bring the device to class!

  11. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at specialneeds@nmjc.edu.

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Plagiarism
    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at www.nmjc.edu, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  12. CRITICAL INCIDENT AND EVACUATION PLAN
  13. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  14. FINALS SCHEDULE
  15. COURSE OUTLINE

    New Mexico Junior College provides the first two years of a college level education. The freshman and sophomore classes at most institutions of higher learning contain general education requirements, which broaden a college graduates knowledge and appretiation of areas that are sometimes outside of students' degree programs in order to produce a balanced educational experience, as well as present areas that students may never experienced previously. General college classes also widen students' knowledge base and perhaps present new ideas for those having difficulty in choosing majors. NMJC courses are required credits at most institutions and are neither remedial nor slower paced than those of a four year college or university.

    EN213B is a three credit hour course, which stands for the number of hours that would actually be spent in a traditional, live class in a sixteen week semester.

    The NMJC Student Handbook states students should spend two hours outside of class studying, reading, writing, etc. for every hour of class time; thus, you should multiply three hours by three days to get a minimum of nine hours of study time per week. [NOTE: You will find that some weeks are more demanding than others. NEVER allow yourself to get behind.]

    Be sure that you have allocated enough time for all the classes you are taking as well as family or work obligations. To aid yourself in meeting these time goals, block off a specific time in your day for each class that you have.

    I reserve the right to alter the following schedule at my discretion. I expect you to be in class in order to learn about any changes.

    The text will guide us through learning the fundamentals of creative writing. We will use in-class writing assignments, journals, lecture, class discussion, peer and self critiques as a means of honing the skills for writing creatively.

    Successful completion of this course will find each student with a portfolio containing an original nonfiction piece,
    one original fictional short story,
    3-4 original poems, and
    one original proposal of a fictional 1-act play (to include scene structure, plot development and character analysis).



    Class time will consist of discussion of lecture material, creative writing assignments and self and peer evaluations of student original writings.


    COURSE OUTLINE:
    Week 1: Syllabus
    NONFICTION PAPER

    Week 2: DUE: NONFICTION PAPER
    Presentations and critiques

    Week 3: Presentations and critiques
    POETRY: Print forms from Modules for
    discussion

    Week 4: POETRY: Images / language
    2 original poems
    Presentations

    Week 5: Rhythm/forms
    2 original poems
    Presentations

    Week 6: Order/tone
    2 original poems
    Presentations

    Week 7: In class peer reviews; rewrites; discussion
    2 poems of any category
    OR
    1 poems of any category and a Concrete Poem

    Week 8: Presentations

    Week 9: ***Poetry due online as one submission***

    Week 10: FICTION--Bring your favorite short story to
    class, summarize, explainwhy it is your
    favorite

    Week 11: FICTION DISCUSSION

    Week 12: FICTION Short Story DUE ON Canvas
    FICTION PRESENTATIONs

    Week 13: FICTION PRESENTATIONS

    Week 14: DRAMA : Live performance and plot
    In class prep work for original play

    Week 15: Emotional impact and non-realism


    Week 16: Play Due on Canvas
    Choose casts
    Presentations
    Week 17: Presentations

    Week 18: Final Exams: Presentations
    Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at 12:00 noon