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English 221: Writing Fiction ENG-221
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Welcome to English 221 and the Spring 2016 semester.
In addition to your reading of the required materials for this class, you will read a great deal of other students’ writing. With this in mind, you should expect a workshop environment where your peers and your instructor will read and comment on your work. You can look forward to your words being treated respectfully, but you should also look forward to honest feedback that helps you hone your craft.
In the end, this should be an enjoyable and challenging experience that draws on your passions and explores the boundaries of your imagination. However, to succeed as a writer also requires your dedication to hard work. This class will nurture your creative side as well as placing demands on your work ethic as a writer (all work submitted to the course should be original and written for the assignments in the course).
Upon completion of this course, students should:
- Know the various elements of fiction writing, including
- Narrative Point of View
- Exposition and Scene
- Explain, from a reader's perspective, how these elements contribute to the success of a complete work of fiction,
- Demonstrate understanding of the writing process through various exercises, drafting, and revision,
- Be familiar with genres, and in particular, the distinction between literary fiction and formulaic fiction,
- Write narrative that utilizes the elements of fiction to create a complete, meaningful, engaging, and believable work,
- Articulate specific, respectful and knowledgeable feedback of peer manuscripts,
- And understand the basics of submitting fiction for publication.
The O'Henry Prize Stories 2016
A ruled, non-spiral-bound, composition notebook that you can carry with you and write in throughout the week.
|Class Participation||15%||Attendance & Participation||
|Weekly Writing Exercises||25%||
Weekly writing exercises will be written in a ruled composition notebook and turned in at various points throughout the semester. Some exercises will be shared in small groups and then submitted to the instructor for additional credit.
|Peer Workshop Submissions||35%||
Submit two type-written 10-20 page short stories for peer review workshops during the course of the semester.
Submit one short story (10-20 pages in length) as your culminating final piece for the class. This work should be ready for publication (contain no errors and be crafted to the best of your abilities). This should represent your best work in the class and be something you are excited to share with a larger audience.
|Author Presentation||10%||Short Story Report||
Select one story from the The O.Henry Prize Stories (2016) and deliver a presentation on the merits of the story to the class.
Any plagiarism on an assignment will result in a failing grade for that assignment. A student will receive an “F” in the entire course for a single act of blatant plagiarism.
Also, it is not ethical for students to submit written work they have previously completed or have written for another class, as original writing for assignments in this class. Students who wish to reuse any of their own writing should always seek their instructor's permission first and explain the extent of the work they plan on doing for the assignment in question. Failure to do so could result in a breech of academic integrity and result in an "F" on the assignment. I also reserve the right to give an "F" on any assignment that does not demonstrate sufficient attention to the assignment's instructions.
Entering a college classroom demands that you treat other students in a manner that is supportive of academic inquiry, curiosity and shared learning. Do not be quick to make assumptions about others who have different backgrounds, opinions, and values. Fellow students are potential reservoirs of knowledge, experience and insight. By respectfully acknowledging your similarities and differences with other students, you will learn a great deal about yourself. Furthermore, if you are able to argue and discuss topics in a civil and reasoned manner (even those you feel most passionate about), you will have empowered your own voice and increased the likelihood that you will be heard and taken seriously by an academic or professional audience.
Be sure to save all the work that you submit and that I return to you during the semester. If there is a discrepancy between what you have completed and the credit you have been awarded, you will want to be able to prove your case. Also, you will want to store or print copies for yourself in the event that there are computer errors or outages that result in loss of data. You are responsible for creating backups of your work and managing your time in anticipation of any computer crashes, power outages, or other unforeseen difficulties. Have a secondary location (public library, campus computer lab, etc.) where you can complete written work in case there is an interruption of service or other problem at your primary location.<br /><br />You are expected to read and carefully consider all course materials and instructions, including student and instructor feedback on your writing.
Students with Disabilities
Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately to discuss your specific needs. You will also need to contact the Disability Support Services Office at 775-445-3266 in room 103 of the Bristlecone Building located on the Carson campus.
This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.