English/Communication Department / Orchard Ridge Campus
Community College, Winter 2013
use of music in each class)
Instructor: Dr. David L. James
Class: Section: O-1471, Mondays, 6:00-9:10 p.m., G-208
Office Hours: Mon.: 11-12, 4:00-5:20; Tues.: 11:00-12:00; Wed.: 8:00-9:00 a.m., 12:40-1:30 or by appointment. Email is an excellent way to contact me.
Office: G-205, Orchard Ridge Campus
(248) 522-3685; email@example.com
In the Palm of Your Hand:
New Sudden Fiction:
Shapard and Thomas, 2007
Description: (Prerequisite: ENG 2800)
Students will continue their development in writing original fiction, poetry, and drama. Emphasis will be placed on developing the individual’s artistic vision.
Select one or two genres
and create original work
Present their work orally
for group critiques
Respond constructively to
other students’ writing and listen to others respond to theirs
Read a variety of poetry,
fiction, and plays
Develop their particular
artistic vision and philosophy of writing
Revise and rewrite their
creative work to include it in a final portfolio
Refine an aesthetic
appreciation for writing and literature
Learn to communicate
Think creatively and
A final portfolio
of quality writing is due on the 14th class period.
The portfolio must contain 15 typed pages of original work (no
more, no less) in one genre or work in a combination of two genres.
The final goal is to highlight the
very best work of the writer. In
addition to the 15 pages of work, writers must include a 1.5 page typed
response to the question, “What have I
learned about my writing this semester?” AND a 1.5 page typed
explanation of their evolving
“philosophy of writing” at this stage in their careers (i.e., What
should writing do to readers and writers? What should writing accomplish? What
is the value of writing to you or to readers?)
portfolios are marked down by ten points automatically. Portfolios without
well-reasoned reflections are marked down by five points.)
1.5 Page Response Papers
80 points (20 each)
reading articles on the craft of writing, students will write 1.5-2 page typed
double-spaced response essays. In
the response, students should highlight
briefly the main points of the essay and answer questions like the
following: how does this relate to my writing and my philosophy?
What impact might this have on my views or my work?
Do I agree or disagree with the author and why?
The purpose is to explore your own philosophy of writing by reflecting on
current literary issues. NOTE: The
goal is not to merely summarize what the article states. Late
papers are marked down by 3 points and are not accepted beyond one week from the
120 points (8 per class)
involvement in discussions, in-class writing, and critiquing is crucial to the
success of this course and your learning. Leaving
early or coming in later than 15 minutes will be counted as half an absence (+4
instead of +8).
are required to submit at least three
creative works for group critique with the entire class (10 points per
work). Students should indicate on
each submission (HC in the upper right corner) if the work is to be considered
in the helping circle or not; however, only
one piece can be designated for the helping circle at each Accept Drafts Day
(of which there are six). Remember, helping circle work should not exceed five
pages at a time.
219 or lower
Students requiring special assistance (including those affected by the American
with Disabilities Act) should contact the ACCESS Office, K111, 248.522.3480.
They will inform the instructor of any special conditions pertaining to
the students’ learning.
accordance with federal law (FERPA), none of your personal information will be
given to anyone without your written permission.
attempt to submit the work of others and claim it as your own will result in an
‘E’ for the course. This is a major academic offense.
may earn up to 10 points by attending a poetry or fiction reading, or a play
during the term and writing a 1.5 page typed response about the experience
(double-spaced). How would you grade
the reading/play performance on an A, B, C, or D scale, and why?
What, if anything, was impressive? How
did the author introduce each piece? What
aspect of the reading/play interested you the most?
Describe the overall experience of attending this event.
This paper must be submitted prior to the 13th class period. (Include
the theatre playbill if seeing a play.)
expect you to take your writing seriously.
I expect you to rewrite and revise
your work throughout the semester and resubmit it for group consideration.
I expect a
general competence in your writing, e.g., correct spelling, grammar, and
I expect lively, honest discussion
None of us has all the answers, but we get closer to the
truth as we debate, reflect, question, and share ideas with each other.
I expect people to treat each other tactfully and kindly, in a great spirit of
can expect to participate in a ‘helping circle’ group critique session
almost every class.
You can expect to participate in in-class writing exercises on a regular
You can expect me to read everything diligently and write honest, tactful
comments for your consideration.
However, I do not grade individual pieces.
You can expect the final grading of the portfolio to be subjective.
and presentation play an important role, but the primary focus will consist of
my personal evaluation of the merits of your complete works—originality,
creativeness, uniqueness, insight and impact.
N G 2 8 2 0 : ADVANCED
Class Readings Due Schedule subject to minor changes
ACCEPT DRAFTS DAY 1.
Bill Moyer video; pages i-20 in In the
Palm of Your Hand (Palm); read The Rememberer 63, and Tomorrow’s Bird 73
in New Sudden Fiction (NSF); handout article #1.
Can creative writing be taught?
Creativity; Palm: chap. 3, 28; My Lawrence 105, Pompeii 117 in NSF.
ACCEPT DRAFTS DAY 2.
Palm: chap. 5; The Raft 29, Berlin Wall Piece 57 in NSF; response
paper #1 due.
Issue: Where and how do you find
inspiration? Palm: chap. 6,
21; Juan the Cell Phone Salesman 305, Doughnut Shops and Doormen 288 in NSF;
handout article #2.
ACCEPT DRAFTS DAY 3.
Palm: chap 9, 10; Why Men Quit 201, The Puppies 177 in NSF.
Issue: Censorship: should I or
should I not? Palm: chap 11,
15; Swimming for Shore 222, Mud 229 in NSF.
“Poetry and What’s Right.” Response
paper #2 due.
ACCEPT DRAFTS DAY 4.
Palm: chap. 13, 14; Reply All 268 in NSF; handout article #3.
Issue: Can writing cure you?
Palm: chap. 25; Consumed 196 in
ACCEPT DRAFTS DAY 5. Online
exploration; response paper #3 due.
Palm: chap. 26; Nap Time 310 in NSF; handout article #4.
12 ACCEPT DRAFTS DAY 6. Palm: chap. 12; innovative fiction and poetry handouts; The Gold Lunch 281 in NSF.
chap. 22, 27; response
paper #4 due.
Palm: chap. 29; Issue: Should I try to
publish? The benefits and drawbacks.
F I N A L
PORTFOLIO DUE. Final
remarks, class reading, final celebration.
Day for 100% refund: Close of 6th business day from start of class
Day to Withdraw: Friday of 12th week of class
Recess: Feb. 25 – March 2
Day of the Class: April 22
Updated 12/6/2012 by Joe O'Loughlin ( firstname.lastname@example.org )