Monday, January 30, 2017

SP17 1st Assignment for the On-Campus Prose Cluster

ON-CAMPUS CLUSTER (9 credit hours)


The Prose Cluster: Fiction & Creative Nonfiction
Instructor: Andrew Pryor (apryor@lindenwood.edu)
Meets: Tuesday nights 6-10pm beginning Tues. April 4 in ROOM 109 in the LUCC 

First Assigment (Due Tues. 4/3): 

Exercise 1 – Characterization
This is an assignment in three parts.

First read the stories "Everything That Rises Must Converge" by Flannery O'Connor and Raymond Carver's "The Cathedral" in our textbook (On Writing Short Stories).  While reading, pay particular attention to places where characters are developed through observation.

Next, take your notebook and go to a place where you can observe people—a library, restaurant, bus station, wherever.  Choose a few people and describe them in detail in your notebook.  What are they wearing?  What are they doing and why do you think they’re doing it?  If they’re talking, can you overhear (or guess) what they’re saying?  What they are thinking?

Finally, choose one character and invent a life for him or her.  Write for 2–3 pages.  Where does s/he live?  Work?  What relationships does s/he have?  Worries?  Fears?  Desires?  Pleasures?  Does this character have a secret?  Do you find yourself beginning a story?

For the first day of class, come prepared to discuss "Everything That Rises Must Converge," "The Cathedral," and your writing exercise.  You will need to turn in a typed copy of your exercise at the end of class.

Textbooks:
1.
On Writing Short Stories
Tom Bailey, ed.
Oxford University Press 2010
9780195395655
2.
Tell It Slant
Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola
McGraw-Hill 2012
9780071781770

Textbook info for SP QTR 17 is also available HERE.

Course Descriptions: 
IMF 52200 Focused Fiction Workshop (3): This course is a discussion of original short fiction. Students simultaneously increase their proficiency as fiction writers and deepen their critical responses to the work of their peers. 
IMF 52300 Focused Nonfiction Workshop (3): This course is a discussion of original nonfiction pieces, focusing primarily on the personal narrative form. Students will focus on incorporating personal experience and both narrative and lyrical elements into a nonfiction piece. As this workshop is paired with a fiction workshop, students will also focus on bringing traditional fiction writing techniques into their nonfiction writing, such as characterization, setting, and dialog.
IMF 55600 The Prose Collection (3): This course is a survey of major fiction and nonfiction writers, as well as an exploration of writing techniques that are unique to and shared by both forms. Reading and discussions will focus on use of common writing techniques, such as creating scene, narrative persona, and theme. 

NOTE: If you decide to drop the cluster, email Beth at bmead@lindenwood.edu and note whether or not you have attended class. Tuition refund/charges (based on attendance and the date the drop form is processed) are listed HERE.

SP17 First Assignment for Online MFA Classes

SPRING 17 FIRST ASSIGNMENT INFO FOR ALL ONLINE MFA CLASSES

Start Date for online classes: Monday, April 10

Preview Date: Monday, March 27. NOTE: Do NOT post in classes before the start date of April 10. Classes are available to view as of March 27 for review purposes only (two weeks before the class starts). Students may drop/add their own classes (after contacting Beth to enable their portals for registration) through March 5. Students may drop/add their own classes (after posting their registration response in the Canvas MFA Students group) through April 2. Contact Beth to drop/add classes after MFA open enrollment ends on April 3.

Note: When you first view your class, look over class requirements, assignments, and other class content to ensure that you wish to remain in the class. If you decide to drop the class, do NOT post in Canvas at all, as that counts as attendance per university policy, and you would be charged a portion of tuition for dropping after attending/posting. To drop a class, email the program director at bmead@lindenwood.edu and note whether or not you posted in Canvas (and if you did post, include in your email the last date you posted, to list as your last date of attendance on the drop form). Tuition refunds/charges (based on the date the drop form is processed) are listed HERE

First Assignment Instructions:

Lindenwood University requires student identity authentication in all fully online classes. MFA classes will use video posts at three points during the quarter for authentication purposes: With the first assignment post, as part of a midterm assignment, and in the final week of the quarter. These videos can only be viewed by the instructor. Students can use the camera on a smart phone for recording these videos through the Canvas app if they do not have video capability on their computers. See the Canvas instructions for a note on navigating the Canvas app.

First assignment post due date: Monday, April 10, by 11:59pm CST
(to confirm attendance & verify identity)

This assignment is a video journal, telling us your name and how many quarters you have been in the LU MFA program. Video journals can only be viewed by the instructor. Full instructions are included in Canvas in the Week 1 module in each class.

Instructors will enter first week attendance according to posts made by 11:59pm on Monday, April 10. If you post your video journal by then, you will be marked as Present. If you do not post by then, you will be marked as Absent. Attendance must be entered early in Week 1 due to university policy and because first day attendance impacts the refund process for financial aid and student loans. REMINDER: If you decide to drop the class, do NOT post in Canvas at all—see NOTE above for info.

Class Requirements and other assignments due during Week 1 (Mon. April 10 through Sun. April 16):

Click on the Modules menu button in your class and read all Class Requirements information posted and linked there. Then you will scroll down to the Week 1 module to read instructions for the remaining coursework and due dates during Week 1. If you have any problems navigating through the class in Canvas, contact your instructor (click on Syllabus in the left menu for instructor email info) or the program director (bmead@lindenwood.edu). 

Weekly Coursework and Participation Requirements:

Each week during the quarter, you will click on Modules and then view the appropriate week’s module info for assignments and due dates for that week. You are required to participate on Canvas a minimum of three times per week (on three separate days) for each class you are enrolled in. See the Class Requirements module for detailed information on the attendance/participation policy and grading criteria.

Textbook info: SP QTR 17 textbook information is available HERE. Ebooks are acceptable. Students using financial aid vouchers must purchase textbooks through the LU Barnes & Noble bookstore site.


NOTE ON STUDENT AUTHENTICATION: 

To meet federal requirements for online classes, Lindenwood University requires student authentication measures in all online classes. MFA in Writing online classes include three video journal assignments (only viewable by the instructor) to meet this requirement. The video component provides measures for student authentication and identity verification during the class. You will have a video assignment at the beginning, middle, and end of every online class. This helps verify that the student enrolled in the class is the student doing the coursework, as the video images can be compared with the student ID photos on file. You can use the Canvas app on a smartphone to record videos if you do not have a webcam on your computer. Instructions for the video assignments are included HERE and in the modules for Week 1, Week 6, and Week 11 in each online class.

An additional authentication measure in MFA classes is the extensive student writing required in our courses, which enables the instructor to become familiar with students' writing styles (discussions, journals, and other written assignments).

Click on each class title below to view specific information about each class:

On-Campus Cluster:
Prose Cluster (Fiction & Creative Nonfiction) - Andrew Pryor - Tuesdays - LUCC Conference Room

Online Classes: 

POETRY:
IMF 52706 Sel Emph P: Asian Poetry - Anothai Kaewkaen
IMF 55300 Poetry Craft Foundations - Ryan Smith
IMF 52705 Sel Emph P: Plath & the Tarot Part 2 - Julia Bramer

CREATIVE NONFICTION:
IMF 54106 Spec Top: Focused Narrative Journalism - Anthony D'Souza

FICTION:
IMF 52206 Focused Fiction Workshop: Kurt Vonnegut - Zachary Vickers
IMF 51601 F Genres: Flash Fiction - Scott Berzon
IMF 51602 F Genres: Fiction Craft & Workshop - David Hollingsworth
IMF 53705 Sel Emph F: The Long Story & Novella - J. Ted Morrissey
IMF 54405 Genre F: Young Adult Fiction Writing Workshop - Nicole McInnes
IMF 56100 Classic Foundational Literature: Fiction - Christopher Candice
IMF 57400 Literary Novel Workshop - Wm Anthony Connolly

OTHER FOCUS AREAS:
IMF 51400 Fundamentals of Writing for the MFA - Patricia Feeney
IMF 54101 Spec Top: Manuscript Preparation & Publication - Catherine Rankovic



SP QTR 17 textbook information is available HERE

SP17 IMF54101 Manuscript Preparation & Publication - Catherine Rankovic

Online Class
IMF 54101 Spec Top: Manuscript Preparation & Publication


Instructor: Catherine Rankovic
Email: CRankovic@lindenwood.edu

Class Type: Preparation for publication

Course Description:
Learning how to confidently submit acceptable manuscripts to appropriate markets is the goal of this practical course. Students must choose one of their own manuscripts to work with for the entire quarter. This manuscript must consist of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry (not drama or screenplays), and range from 20 pages to book-length, but it must be completed, a single unit, and ready for submission. We assume all workshopping and revising has been done, and focus is on the next step: publication. We will read and learn about how the industry works and conventional and new approaches to publication and other forms of manuscript dissemination. Learn the standards for presentation and formatting, practice writing queries, cover letters, and synopses and share them, target likely publishers, learn how to interact with editors, and perform market research. Writing is an art; publishing is a business. This course encourages a businesslike and committed approach.

First Assignment Info is available HERE.

Textbook info for SP QTR 17 is available HERE (textbook info is also available in the student portal registration function and LU's bookstore website)

Start DateMonday, April 10

Class Preview Date: March 27 (do not post in class until start date of 4/10; available early for review purposes only--email Beth to drop/add classes after open enrollment ends on 4/3)

Canvas Login & Navigation Instructions

NOTE: If you decide to drop the class, email Beth at bmead@lindenwood.edu and note whether or not you have posted on Canvas (which counts as attendance). Tuition refund/charges (based on attendance and the date the drop form is processed) are listed HERE.

SP17 IMF51400 Fundamentals of Writing for the MFA - Patricia Feeney

Online Class
IMF 51400 Fundamentals of Writing for the MFA

Instructor: Patricia Feeney
Email: PFeeney@lindenwood.edu

Class Type: Fundamentals/Mechanics & Teacher Prep

Course Description:
Students in this course study and practice fundamental writing skills and the mechanics of writing, including grammar basics, common punctuation mistakes, sentence-level editing, and MLA format. Along with weekly assignments, students will write one formal academic essay. Assignments are structured to be useful for personal skill-building as well as for preparation to teach freshman-level composition and related introductory writing classes at the college level.

First Assignment Info is available HERE.

Textbook info for SP QTR 17 is available HERE (textbook info is also available in the student portal registration function and LU's bookstore website)

Start DateMonday, April 10

Class Preview Date: March 27 (do not post in class until start date of 4/10; available early for review purposes only--email Beth to drop/add classes after open enrollment ends on 4/3)

Canvas Login & Navigation Instructions

NOTE: If you decide to drop the class, email Beth at bmead@lindenwood.edu and note whether or not you have posted on Canvas (which counts as attendance). Tuition refund/charges (based on attendance and the date the drop form is processed) are listed HERE.

SP17 IMF57400 Literary Novel Workshop - Wm Anthony Connolly

Online Class
IMF 57400 Literary Novel Workshop

Instructor: Wm Anthony Connolly
Email: WConnolly@lindenwood.edu

Class Type: Workshop

Course Description:
This online workshop helps you develop your in-progress literary novel from exploring structure in all its potential: examining the novel’s voice, viewpoint, and characterization, and the novel’s language. A literary novel is a work of long prose that concerns itself less with plot, but more with character, the character’s inner world, and the uses of language to bring character and world alive. A literary novel is a type of long fiction, much like fantasy, horror, supernatural, science fiction, etc., are examples of another exclusive long form prose type—the genre novel. As such, fantasy, horror, supernatural, and science fiction are not literary because they work on developing plot and conventions of its genre. Literary novels tend to move at a slower pace than genre novels and are marked by elevated language. This is not a genre novel class. (If you’re uncertain what kind of novel you’re working on—literary or genre —it’s best to email the instructor and ask. The instructor has had both literary and genre novels published.) The course assignments include writing scenes using characters and situations from the in-progress novel, polishing existing sections or chapters, and discussion of your in-progress work. Every week your work will be submitted to a workshop for feedback from both your peers and your instructor. The workshop environment can be a demanding one, but it’s meant to improve submitted work. You will be asked to comment and critique the work of others; others will critique and comment on your work, all with the goal of improving your in-progress literary novel. Your goal is to complete 50 well-crafted pages of a novel.
  


No Textbook is required for this class. 

First Assignment Info is available HERE.

Start DateMonday, April 10

Class Preview Date: March 27 (do not post in class until start date of 4/10; available early for review purposes only--email Beth to drop/add classes after open enrollment ends on 4/3)

Canvas Login & Navigation Instructions

NOTE: If you decide to drop the class, email Beth at bmead@lindenwood.edu and note whether or not you have posted on Canvas (which counts as attendance). Tuition refund/charges (based on attendance and the date the drop form is processed) are listed HERE.

SP17 IMF56100 Classic Foundational Literature: Fiction - Christopher Candice

Online Class
IMF 56100 Classic Foundational Literature: Fiction

Instructor: Christopher Candice
Email: CCandice@lindenwood.edu

Class Type: Literature

Course Description:
This course is an intensive survey and analysis of foundational classic literary fiction and its authors, including study of the schools of literary criticism. Authors studied will include masters of the literary novel and the literary short story form who have contributed important work to the literary canon. This course is an option to fulfill the requirement for students declaring a Fiction emphasis for the MFA in Writing degree.

First Assignment Info is available HERE.

Textbook info for SP QTR 17 is available HERE (textbook info is also available in the student portal registration function and LU's bookstore website)

Start DateMonday, April 10

Class Preview Date: March 27 (do not post in class until start date of 4/10; available early for review purposes only--email Beth to drop/add classes after open enrollment ends on 4/3)

Canvas Login & Navigation Instructions

NOTE: If you decide to drop the class, email Beth at bmead@lindenwood.edu and note whether or not you have posted on Canvas (which counts as attendance). Tuition refund/charges (based on attendance and the date the drop form is processed) are listed HERE.

SP17 IMF54405 Young Adult Fiction Writing Workshop - Nicole McInnes

Online Class
IMF 54405 Genre F: Young Adult Fiction Writing Workshop

Instructor: Nicole McInnes
Email: nmcinnes@lindenwood.edu

Class Type: Workshop + Craft

Course Description:
This craft and workshop course focuses on further creation and discussion of original fiction with a focus on thematic purpose and the creative process. (Note: Due to a new course number and new course materials as of Spring 2017, this workshop is open to students who are new to the course as well as to those who took it with Nicole previously). Workshop pieces may be in the form of any young adult fiction category, including literary fiction, romance, science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, speculative fiction, etc. Students simultaneously increase their proficiency as fiction writers and deepen their critical responses to the work of peers.

First Assignment Info is available HERE.

Textbook info for SP QTR 17 is available HERE (textbook info is also available in the student portal registration function and LU's bookstore website)

Start DateMonday, April 10

Class Preview Date: March 27 (do not post in class until start date of 4/10; available early for review purposes only--email Beth to drop/add classes after open enrollment ends on 4/3)

Canvas Login & Navigation Instructions

NOTE: If you decide to drop the class, email Beth at bmead@lindenwood.edu and note whether or not you have posted on Canvas (which counts as attendance). Tuition refund/charges (based on attendance and the date the drop form is processed) are listed HERE.