NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

MISSION STATEMENT

Creative Writing II

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: Creative Writing II
    B. Course Number: EN 223B - 10495
    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):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: MH105
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This course is a continuation of EN 213B, emphasizing further development in the writing of various literary genres, resulting in individual writing portfolios. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: EN 213B

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    Your EN 113 Handbook--"whatever" version that may be.

    No separate creative writing textbook this semester.

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

    A good dictionary.
    A good thesaurus.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    No separate creative writing textbook this semester.

    "Whatever" handbook you used in EN113.

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

    A good dictionary.
    A good thesaurus.

    Suggested:

    See Canvas for assigned readings from internet sources.

    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, DECEMBER 8, 2015 FROM 10-11:45.

    Grading:
    Grades will be derived from the following sources:

    20%
    Participation/Attendance/Short
    Prep-writing
    Quizzes

    80%
    Personal Aesthetic
    Creative Writing Submissions
    Final Portfolio


    * While the Creative Writing Workshop will focus primarily on submissions of original student work, there will also be a large emphasis placed on the holistic craft of writing and the development the writer’s personal craft, which will be accomplished by participating in guided instructional readings and activities, creating a personal soundtrack, developing a personal aesthetic about writing, and compiling a portfolio of workshopped and revised writing.
    * 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 provide copies of his or her submissions to all other members of the workshop, who in turn will read 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!
    * We will begin discussing student submissions as soon as possible. All submissions—fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, novellas or novels (which may be turned in pieces at a time), and scripts or screenplays (which may be turned in pieces at a time)—must be typed in 12 pt. Times New Roman font and double-spaced, with one inch margins. (Grammar, punctuation, spelling, and manuscript appearance always count. Please proofread and edit all work before handing it in to the class.) You should include your full name on the first page, and your last name on every subsequent page. You must also have page numbers on all pages after the first page. (i.e., Cain—3) This heading should appear in the upper right corner of the page.
    * At the end of the semester, all workshop members will be required to submit a complete portfolio to me. Creative work will not be graded for anything aside from effort and completion. A complete portfolio will be anywhere from 25-50 pages of short fiction or creative non-fiction, from 75-100 pages for a script or novella, or 15-20 for poetry, and from 30-50 on mixed submissions. (I heartily encourage each and every one of you to find the genre you are most comfortable with and to work at developing your abilities in that genre.) The objective grading will come from the combined average of all other assignments. No grade will be based on the content of any submission—creative writing is creative writing! (Though I would hope everyone takes this class seriously and does not purposely turn in writing with the sole purpose of seeing how much can be “gotten away with”—if I sense that is occurring, I will put a stop to it because that is only a waste of class time!)
    *Academic dishonesty (plagiarism and cheating) will automatically be rewarded with an “F” for the assignment and potentially for this course. This is an especially sensitive issue in Creative Writing, so be warned—copyright infringement is not only unethical, it is a CRIME. If you write something, it is yours—feel free to copyright it or to “poor man’s copyright” it, but know that it is yours no matter what. And, as a writer myself, I have NO sympathy for plagiarists—I DESPISE cheating. Be warned. (Just a note, allowing someone to copy your work is plagiarism!)
    * DO NOT allow people outside of the workshop to read the submissions of other workshop members without their permission—we are on an honor system here, and I expect everyone to “do unto others.” Workshop members should feel “safe” in the workshop, and that includes not having to worry about their work being passed around among people who have no right to critique or even to read their work. (Also, this compromises the integrity of the work and opens up more opportunities for copyright violation from outside sources.) It is essential for everyone to keep up with their copies of others’ work and to make certain that that work is returned to its creator after it has been workshopped. Finally, DO NOT make copies of others’ work—if you love something that has been submitted, ask that author for a copy. Many serious writers are sensitive about random copies of their unpublished work “floating” around outside of their control, as there is always the chance that their work will be stolen.
    * Finally, it is my goal to make this course an exciting and rewarding course for all participants. I am assuming that course participants are all interested in writing, even if taking this course to fulfill a degree requirement. Hopefully, this course will strengthen the skills and confidence of all students in the course, but this goal will only be reached if all workshop members participate fully.

  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:

  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 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 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 Canvas are due from everyone--including athletes--on due dates.

    The student must save all papers to a flash drive, or some other means, so that you can pull up work during class time. 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

    You have a choice:[Be sure to talk to me about your choice by the third week of class.]

    Choice A:
    If you would like to center your attention on a specific form of creative writing, instead of following the processes involved in the separate assignments, as in Part B, you may do so.

    Choice B:
    You may follow the same assignments as in EN113 assignments, but you are expected to go into greater depth:
    1. Non-fiction writing
    2. Fiction writing
    3. Poetry
    4. One-act play