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WRITING WORKSHOP, 1 CREDIT SUMMER SESSION 2010, AUGUST 2 - 13 INSTRUCTOR JENNEY IZZO

COURSE DESCRIPTION
Most of the course will concentrate on creating new work and new confidence while reading and responding to other writers' work. The last assignment will focus on crafting your pages and ideas into a story, an essay, or three poems.

COURSE GOALS/LEARNING OBJECTIVES


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To begin defining what makes a good short story, poem, or essay: in critical terms and in your own view. To distinguish between the nature, purpose, and impact of short stories, poems, and essays. To create new creative work to share with others. Learn techniques for greater clarity and power including improved use of diction, consistency in tone, and new ways to tighten and re-vision your work Learn to critique others' work in a careful, diligent, and constructive manner. Self-reflection on your creative writing skills and goals.

ATTENDANCE EXPECTATIONS

Summer session requires daily attendance and daily discussion contributions. On certain days, you may have to logon several times. Hopefully, you may even wish to logon several times a day!
ACADEMIC HONESTY & PROFESSIONALISM

As dictated by the University of Vermont's Academic Honesty and Professionalism standards. Refer to UVM's Academic Honesty Policy: Download PDF As always, your original work is what we all wish to read. If summary or quotation of another's work is necessary, please give proper credit.

Student Evaluation/Assessment GRADING 35 points


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4 points Timeliness & Communication Grade (Attendance & Posting Assignments on Time; plus ask questions in a timely manner, follows up on emails, announcements )

3 points Freewrites, Freewrite Responses, 10 in 10 & Responses 2 points Response to Websites & Guidelines (Toward a Definition of Good Writing) 5 points Guided Writing 1 (Completeness, Detail) 5 points Guided Writing 2 (Completeness, Detail) 3 points Responses to Guided Writing 1 (Specific, Concrete Suggestions for Expansion) 3 points Responses to Guided Writing 2 (Specific, Concrete Suggestions for Expansion) 10 points Formal Creative Work including Self-Reflection

Responses to Guided Writing (Summary) 6 points

Quality of response posts in SG discussions [See Folder Re: Examples of Responses]


Follow-up to questions about your creative work (SGD threads) Demonstrate that you've read other posts and threads within the SG discussions Care for clarity and moderate formality within all your posts (Avoid text message

abbreviation; remember that this is a professional setting.)


Informal, Guided Writing 10 POINTS

Measured by quality, concreteness and care. Try to avoid clichs. Be sure to proofread for readability.
Formal Creative Work 10 POINTS

FICTION/SHORT STORY: Demonstrates understanding and inclusion of the concepts we have been discussing. Shows care with language and structure. Is proofread for glaring grammar and punctuation errors. Is clear and understandable, even if the theme is mysterious. Demonstrates the use of sensory details especially in order to enhance the overall tone of the story. POEMS: Demonstrates an understanding and inclusion of the concepts we have been discussing. Shows care with language and structure. Is clear and understandable, even if the theme is mysterious. Demonstrates willingness to play with form and free verse, try different tones, dictions, etc. ESSAYS/CREATIVE NONFICTION: Demonstrates an understanding of purpose and design of various essay forms. Shows care with language and structure. Is proofread for glaring grammar and punctuation errors. Is clear and understandable and has a definable thesis or theme. Demonstrates the use of sensory details especially in order to enhance the overall tone of the personal

essay or uses proper argument techniques in persuasive essays. Lack of editing, proofreading, or overall care for the work impacts your grade.

SELF- REFLECTION: Addresses all components of the self-assessment directions with clarity and thoughtfulness. Attempts to consider the entire course or to highlight the most influential aspects of the course. Demonstrates true reflection and avoids defensiveness for your creative work or peers' responses to postings or creative work. Instead, strives to sort through conflicting views to find what is useful for your growth as a writer and as a student of writing. PLEASE NOTE: This is an assessment of your creative work and your discussion work. Some comments about the course structure may be useful, but the focus is on your own growth as a writer. Please email separately with your ideas regarding course structure and fill in the course evaluation.

Please remember that your letter grades are not meant to comment on your potential as a writer. They are for class purposes only.

Course Schedule
Writing Workshop (1 Credit) Summer 2010 Instructor Jenney Izzo
Introductions & Beginnings (August 2 - 5) August 2

Read Getting Started and the Syllabus; familiarize yourself with the course Post an introduction on the Welcome/Intro Discussion Board Post a pet picture on Welcome Discussion Board Check Discussion Board for your Small Group Letter Post Freewrites to Discussion Board Post Responses to the Welcome/Intro discussion board Post Responses to all of the Freewrites in your SGDs

Aug 3

Aug 4 10 in 10 Outdoor Exercise Surf the Web: Paris Review Writers' Interviews and Poetry.org Read Fiction Handout 1 Post to Toward a Definition of Good Writing Small Group Discussion (SGD) Aug 5 Respond to Toward a Def of Good Writing & 10 in 10 exercises Guided Writing & Responses (August 6 - 11 ) Aug 6 st Post 1 Guided Writing to SGD Aug 9 Respond to Guided Writing Aug 10 Post 2nd Guided Writing to SGD Aug 11 Respond to Guided Writing Final Work and Reflection (August 13) Aug 13 Post final, formal work & self-reflection August 16 - Final Grades / Responses from me