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ENGLISH 4FW3 Forms Of Creative Writing

Academic Year: Winter 2018

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. James King

Email: jking@mcmaster.ca

Office: Chester New Hall 316

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24493

Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:30 pm



Course Objectives:

Course Description:

This course is devoted to the writing of short fiction. You will be asked to write three short descriptive passages and then to write two short stories. All work is submitted electronically to all members of the group and is discussed in the seminar meetings.

You are encouraged to develop and strengthen your own writing voice in this course: this is the ultimate goal of this seminar. Specifically, you will be expected to learn 1. how to control the complexities in both first-person and omniscient narratives; 2. how to layer and texture your narratives; and 3. how to expand and strengthen your individual voices in writing fiction.

At the first meeting of the seminar, I will talk about techniques in fiction writing and will offer observations drawn on two or three short stories by accomplished writers in that genre. Each member of the seminar will write three short pieces in the following three weeks, and I will discuss each of them individually and offer a (private) written critique of each. Then, you will write two stories, and these narratives will be discussed by all members of the seminar. In each case, I will provide a (private) written critique of each story.

Since this is a seminar, attendance is compulsory, although there will be no penalty for non-attendance if you are ill or have an emergency. Written work must be submitted by the established dealine (5 p.m. on Fridays)  or it will receive the grade of 0.

Attendance is compulsory because creative writing is a skill that seminar participants learn from each other as well as the instructor..

OUTCOME:

The members of this seminar will each create a portfolio of five pieces of writing (3 short pieces and 2 short stories) and have achieved a good standard in writing short fiction. The expectation is that you will show an increased mastery in your writing during the term.

 


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Required Texts:

There are no required texts.

 


Method of Assessment:

Evaluation Scheme:

Three descriptive passages (3 x 10%)                                                                  30%                    

First Short Story  (approximately (1500-2000 words)                                            30%                   

Second Short Story (pproximately (1500-2000 words)                                          40%       

The three short assigments are exercises intended to allow seminar participants to establish and develop their writing skills. Each short story is expected to display a mastery of the techniques discussed during the course of the seminar.


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Since this is a seminar, attendance is compulsory, although there will be no penalty for non-attendance if you are ill or have an emergency. Written work must be submitted by the established dealine (5 p.m. on Fridays)  or it will receive the grade of 0.

Attendance is compulsory because creative writing is a skill that seminar participants learn from each other as well as the instructor..

 


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.