English 30A


Poetry

Fiction


Grades 10:30-11:45 (84461) [AMD 263] [Amador Hall 263]

Homework Grade 10:30 - 11:45 (84461)

Total Grade 10:30 - 11:45 (84461)


English 30A Creative Writing

Tim Kahl (916) 714-5401 (Please no calls after 9:30 PM) alias Victor Schnickelfritz

Office: Solano 5004

Tuesday, Thursday
e-mail: tnklbnny@comcast.net Room: AMD 263[84461]

Required Texts:

Highly Recommended:

Course Objectivus:

Attendance Policy: There are 51 days we are scheduled to meet. Please be present for all of them. Any absence will greatly affect your ability to meet the requirements of the course. Absences and/or early departures in excess of 5 class periods may result in my dropping you from the course. Attendance will be noted and taken into consideration concerning borderline grades when the final grade is given. Remember: You're paying for the time whether you come or not.

Electronic Submissions: You may choose to submit any and or all of your work via electronic submissions. You may submit:

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Revision Policy: One of the four out-of class papers may be turned in for revision. This paper must be below a 90 % to be eligible for revision.

Due Dates: All assignments are due on the dates given (unless otherwise notified).

Late assignments: Late assignments will be assessed a 10% penalty per late class session.

{Electronic submissions will be considered late if they are received after the end of the class period. Some leeway may be given for first-time offenders and for technical problems, but the discretion will be mine. [Note: most students choose to e-mail assignments the night before they are due.]}

New Late assignments policy: You will have one week after the due date to turn in late work. After this point, the late work will not be accepted. Exceptions to this rule will be granted only if your have received prior OK from me due to some extenuating circumstances which would not let you complete the work.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is pretending that someone else's ideas or writing is your own. Intentional failure to cite source material will be dealt with quickly and severely. The usual result for plagiarizing will be a grade of 0 on the assignment with no make up possible. If this should occur on one of the major papers in class, this is virtually equivalent to a failing grade in the class.

Course Objectives:

Attendance Policy: There are 35 days we are scheduled to meet. Please be present for all of them. Any absence will greatly affect your ability to meet the requirements of the course. Absences and/or early departures in excess of 5 class periods may result in my dropping you from the course. Attendance will be noted and taken into consideration concerning borderline grades when the final grade is given. [Remember: You're paying for the time whether you come or not.]

Help with PeopleSoft: Help is available at B153 for students having difficulty with Peoplesoft so that they can access their student records.

Grading Scale:

  87%-89% B+ 77%-79% C+ 67%-69% D+ Below 60% F
92%-100% A 83%-86% B 74%-76% C 63%-66% D  
90%-91% A- 80%-83% B- 70%-73% C- 60%-62% D-  

 

 

 

Criterion For Grades On Written Assignments:

A work requires a compliance with the guidelines and the stated purpose of the assignment. Content is clear and balanced. There are no tangled sentences. A varied length of sentences is present and correct sentence structure is used. The pattern of development is clear and apparent and demonstrates forethought regarding the desired effect upon the reader. The styleand tone are appropriate to the topic and audience. There may be an occasional mistake in mechanics. The topic of the paper should aim to be fresh and original and should attempt to stretch the academic horizons of the writer.
B work requires a compliance with the guidelines and the stated purpose of the assignment. Content is generally clear and balanced, but there may be some instances in which there are some confusing or awkward sentences, though these do not detract from the overall effect of the paper. A somewhat limited variety of sentences may exist, but the sentence structure is generally correct. The pattern of development is apparent, but may deviate at times. The style and tone of the paper are generally appropriate to the topic and audience. There are relatively few mistakes in mechanics. The topic may not demonstrate any original thinking or particularly or novel approach to the assignment.
C work requires a fair amount of compliance with the guidelines and the stated purpose of the assignment, but may miss the stated objectives to some degree. Content is generally clear and balanced, but there may be several points where the sentence structure becomes jumbled and confused and this interferes with the flow of the paper. A limited variety of sentences is readily apparent. The pattern of development may be vague and unclear, but there is more than a semblance of formal constraint apparent. The style and tone may be somewhat varied and inappropriate for both the topic (misnomers) and the perceived audience. The topic does not demonstrate any novel approach to the given assignment. There are a distracting number of mistakes in mechanics.
D work demonstrates a minimal amount of compliance with the guidelines and the stated purpose of the assignment. Content is unclear and unbalanced and there may be a significant amount of jumbled and confused sentences. The pattern of development is unapparent and it demonstrates a lack of forethought on the part of the writer. The style and tone of the paper are wildly varied and inappropriate for both the topic and the perceived audience. The topic does not demonstrate any novel approach to the given assignment. There are an overwhelming number of mistakes in mechanics. In general, the paper demonstrates a hurried and haphazard approach devoid of any forethought (i.e. the paper that is written the night before).
F work demonstrates a minimal amount of compliance with the guidelines and the stated purpose of the assignment. Any work deemed to be completely unsatisfactory with regard to content, pattern of development, style, tone, topic, or mechanics. A paper in this category demonstrates an absolute minimum of effort.

Scoring

Poetry Projects 4 x 100 Points
Recitation 100 Points
Stories 2 x 100 Points
Portfolio 100 points
Exercises 50 points
   
   

 

Total 850 points

 

Schedule of Events

Note: This schedule reflects work that will be discussed in class on the date given. Students should be prepared to discuss the items listed for that day.

 

Week 1

Tues. Sept. 1

Introductions and cards

Thurs. Sept. 3

Introduction to Content, Tone, Technique

 

Week 2

Tues. Sept. 8

Childhood Memory Poem, Catalog

Bring Childhood picture.

Exercise: Old Photo

Thurs. Sept 10

Narrative. Ancestry.

 

Week 3

Tues. Sept. 15

Surrealism, Sounding, Object

Exercise: Postcards

Thurs. Sept. 17

Fugue, Alliteration and Assonance

Poetry Project #1 due

 

Week 4

Tues. Sept. 22

Flowers, Birds, Familiar

Thurs. Sept. 24

Nocturne, Elegy, The Philosophical Poem

Exercise: Night Mind

 

Week 5

Tues. Sept. 29

Community Life, Work, Invective/Anger

Thurs. Oct. 1

Prayer, Earnest, Ineffable

Poetry Project #2 due

 

Week 6

Tues. Oct. 6 Absurd Premise, Humor
Thurs. Oct. 8

Sarcastic/Ironic

Exercise: Writing Between The Lines

 

Week 7

Tues. Oct. 13

Humor, Plain Speech

Thurs. Oct. 15

Newspaper, Historical Person

Poetry Project #3 due

 

Week 8

Tues. Oct. 20

Remembering the Old Poets,

Exercise: Remembering the Old Poets

Thurs. Oct 22

Rhyme, Love Poem, The Ecstatic

Poetry Project #4 due

 

Week 9

Tues. Oct. 27

Recitations

Thurs. Oct. 29

Recitations

 

Week 10

Tues. Nov. 3

Story Form and Structure

Thurs. Nov. 5

Read and discuss "We Didn't" by Stuart Dybek

 

Week 11

Tues. Nov. 10

Characterization

Thurs. Nov. 12

Exercise Day

 

Week 12

Tues. Nov. 17

Read and discuss "Fiesta 1980" by Junot Diaz

Thurs. Nov. 19

Setting / Point of View

Story #1 due [Flash Fiction]

 

Week 13

Tues. Nov. 24

Point of View / Exercise Day

Thurs. Nov. 26

Thanksgiving

 

Week 14

Tues. Dec. 1

Read and Discuss "No One's A Mystery" by Elizabeth Tallent and "Reply All" by Robin Hemley.

Thurs. Dec. 3

Theme

Story #2 due

 

Week 15

Tues. Dec. 8

Revision

Tues. Dec. 10

Catch-up Day

Portfolios due

 

Week 16

(Finals Begin on Thurs. Dec. 14)