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ENGLISH 2D03 Creative Writing Inquiry (C01)

Academic Year: Winter 2019

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Jeffery Donaldson

Email: jdonalds@mcmaster.ca

Office: Chester New Hall 308

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24132

Website

Office Hours: Wednesdays 1:30PM & Thursdays 2:30PM



Course Objectives:

General Rubric

This course combines certain features of a creative writing workshop with the challenges of self-directed and co-operative learning. Our itinerary includes both lectures and group workshops.  The lectures will provide students with some of the basic tools of imaginative writing.  In the workshop hours students will present instalments of their own work and respond to those of others according to the schedule provided.  Our objective is to improve students’ mastery of their own writing habits and potentials via a three-pronged approach:  exercising their own creative intuitions; accommodating the criticism of others in revising their work; offering other students criticisms of their own work. 


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

N/A


Method of Assessment:

Evaluation

Assignment 1                                      10%

Assignment 2                                      10%

Assignment 3                                      10%

Assignment 4                                      30%

Critical responses                                30%

Participation                                       10%


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Late Assignment Policy:

Written assignments are due at the beginning of lecture on the date indicated.  Unauthorized late papers are penalized two percentage grades per day (78 to 76 to 74 etc).  Graders reserve the right to omit commentary on late papers.


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.


Topics and Readings:

Itinerary

Week 1            Jan 10

Introduction

Jan 11             

                        Freewriting

Week 2            Jan 17

                        Assignment 1 Workshop:  Freewriting

                        12:30:  Cluster A:   BSB B140

                                    Cluster B:   BSB B142

                        1:30     Cluster C:   BSB B140          

                                    Cluster D:   BSB B142                    

Jan 18

                        Commentary Practice

Week 3            Jan 24

                        Assignment 1 Workshop:  Freewriting

                        12:30:  Cluster A:   BSB B140

                                    Cluster B:   BSB B142

                        1:30     Cluster C:   BSB B140          

                                    Cluster D:   BSB B142

                        Jan 25

                        Character Portrait

Week 4            Jan 31

                        Assignment 2 WorkshopCharacter Portrait

                        12:30:  Cluster A:   BSB B140

                                    Cluster B:   BSB B142

                        1:30     Cluster C:   BSB B140          

                                    Cluster D:   BSB B142

 

                        Feb 1

                        Commentary Practice
 

Week 5            Feb 7

                        Assignment 2 Workshop:  Character Portrait

                        12:30:  Cluster A:   BSB B140

                                    Cluster B:   BSB B142

                        1:30     Cluster C:   BSB B140          

                                    Cluster D:   BSB B142

                        Feb 8  

                        Commentary Practice

Week 6            Feb 14

                        Assignment 2 Workshop:  Character Portrait

                        12:30:  Cluster A:   BSB B140

                                    Cluster B:   BSB B142

                        1:30     Cluster C:   BSB B140          

                                    Cluster D:   BSB B142                      

                        Feb 15

                        Dialogue

Week 7            Feb 21

                        Assignment 3 Workshop:  Dialogue

                        12:30:  Cluster A:   BSB B140

                                    Cluster B:   BSB B142

                        1:30     Cluster C:   BSB B140          

                                    Cluster D:   BSB B142

                        Feb 22

                       Commentary Practice

                       Reading Week Feb 18-22

Week 8            Feb 28

                        Assignment 3 Workshop:  Dialogue

                        12:30:  Cluster A:   BSB B140

                                    Cluster B:   BSB B142

                        1:30     Cluster C:   BSB B140          

                                    Cluster D:   BSB B142

                        Mar 1 

                        Final Assignment Due

                        Commentary Practice

 Week 9            Mar 7

                       Assignment 3 Workshop:  Dialogue

                        12:30:  Cluster A:   BSB B140

                                    Cluster B:   BSB B142

                        1:30     Cluster C:   BSB B140          

                                   Cluster D:   BSB B142

                        Mar 8

                        Assignment 4 Plenary (3 Presentations)

Week 10          Mar 14

                       Assignment 4 Plenary (6 Presentations)

                        Mar 15

                        Assignment 4 Plenary (3 Presentations)      

 

Week 11          Mar 21

                        Assignment 4 Plenary (etc)

                        Mar 22

                        Assignment 4 Plenary          

Week 12          Mar 28

                        Assignment 4 Plenary

                        Mar 29

                        Assignment 4 Plenary

Week 13          Apr 4

                      Assignment 4 Plenary

                      Apr 5

                      Assignment 4 Plenary          


Other Course Information:

Notices:

Notice 1: In the event of class cancellations, students will be notified on Avenue and the English Department Website.  It is your responsibility to check these sites regularly for any such announcements.

            Link: http://www.humanities.mcmaster.ca/~english/  (Department)

            Link: http://avenue.mcmaster.ca/  (avenue to learn)

Notice 2: Tutorials Participation: Tutorials start one week after classes begin. Students are expected to attend every tutorial and to be prepared to discuss the material weekly.

Notice 3: Email 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 the 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.

Notice 4:  The instructor and university reserve the right to modify elements of the course during the term. The university may change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances. If either type of modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. It is the responsibility of the student to check their McMaster email and course websites weekly during the term and to note any changes

Students will be asked to fill out a online course evaluation upon completion of the course.