Sunday, November 6, 2016

Info Links for WIN QTR 17

LU MFA info links for Winter Quarter 2017: 

Teacher Grant

Degree Application Deadlines and Instructions (includes transfer credit info)

Class Schedule WIN QTR 17

Textbook Info WIN QTR 17

THESIS Enrollment Instructions & Guidelines

First Assignment & start date info for Online Classes WIN QTR 17
First Assignment & start date info for On-Campus Cluster WIN QTR 17

Pre-Registration instructions--new process using Canvas MFA Students group
Registration Instructions
Quick Tips for Registration Problems
Registration FAQs

Canvas Basics for Online MFA Students
Canvas Info for On-Campus MFA Students
Instructions for Video Journals in Canvas (viewable only by the instructor)
Student Authentication Requirement

Important Upcoming Dates for MFA Students
Academic Calendar 2016-2017
Projected Class Schedule (subject to change)

Emphasis Option

LU MFA Foundations (faculty posts on the craft of writing)
LU MFA Facebook page (calls for submissions, publications, events, etc.)
LU MFA Student & Alumni Facebook group (log in to view; click button to Join)

First Assignment Info WIN QTR 17 Online Classes

WINTER 17 FIRST ASSIGNMENT INFO FOR ALL ONLINE MFA CLASSES

Start Date for online classes: Monday, January 9

Preview Date: Monday, December 19. NOTE: Do NOT post in classes before the start date of January 9. Classes are available as of December 26 for review purposes only (two weeks before the class starts). Contact Beth to drop/add classes after open enrollment ends. Note that the campus is closed from December 22 until January 3, so any changes would need to be requested before or after that time period.

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). Note that the campus is closed from December 23 until January 3, so any changes would need to be requested before or after that time period.
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 with the Reflective Essay submission at the end 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, January 9, 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, January 9. 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. January 9 through Sun. January 15):

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.

Ordering texts: WIN QTR 17 textbook information is available HERE
Note: MFA textbooks are usually available at on-ground bookstores such as Barnes & Noble, as well as through online sites such as Amazon.com (used copies are often available). E-books are acceptable. Students who receive book vouchers through their financial aid package must use LU's bookstore site to order books.


NOTE ON STUDENT AUTHENTICATION: 

To meet federal requirements for online classes, Lindenwood University will require student authentication measures in all online classes beginning Fall 2016.

As of Fall Quarter 2016, all MFA in Writing online classes will include three video journal assignments (only viewable by the instructor). The video component is necessary as it is now a federal requirement for fully online classes to provide 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. These video journals can only be viewed by the instructor. 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 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).


IMF52400 Focused Scriptwriting Workshop--Zachary Vickers

WIN QTR 17--ONLINE Focused Scriptwriting Workshop

Instructor: Zachary Vickers
Class Type: Scriptwriting: Craft + Workshop

Course Description:
Focused Scriptwriting will isolate narrative elements through the construction of high-quality scenes. The course will look at examples of scene from film, focusing on the development of character, setting, tone, subtext, and other important elements. We will also discuss how to show and tell simultaneously—creating visual subtext as well as traditional subtext via dialogue in order to create efficient and urgent moments while moving the story forward. Students will also be expected to write their own scenes—whether self-contained shorts, or a scene for something larger—which will then be workshopped and revised.

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

First Assignment Info

Start Date: Monday, January 9

Class Preview Date: December 26 (do not post in class until start date of 1/9; available early for review purposes only--email Beth to drop/add classes after open enrollment ends on 12/4)

Canvas Login & Navigation Instructions

IMF54600 The Personal Essay--Andrew Pryor

WIN QTR 17--ONLINE The Personal Essay

Instructor: Andrew Pryor

Class Type: Creative Nonfiction: Workshop + Craft

Course Description:
This course will focus on the wellspring of memory and reflection and the employment of narrative in creative nonfiction. Students will discuss a variety of personal essays, noting the use of voice, character development, sense of place and time, and narrative arc, and will write their own creative nonfiction pieces for workshop.

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

First Assignment Info

Start Date: Monday, January 9

Class Preview Date: December 26 (do not post in class until start date of 1/9; available early for review purposes only--email Beth to drop/add classes after open enrollment ends on 12/4)

Canvas Login & Navigation Instructions

IMF55200 Creative Nonfiction Craft Foundations--Lisa Haag Kang

WIN QTR 17--ONLINE Creative Nonfiction Craft Foundations

Instructor: Lisa Haag Kang
Email: TBA

Class Type: Creative Nonfiction: Craft

Course Description:
This course is an in-depth study of foundational craft elements for writing literary creative nonfiction, specifically the personal essay. Elements include essay structure for various types of the personal essay; techniques for development of self as character and effective description; use of dialogue and summary; and inclusion of light learning. Includes theory and application through mini-writing exercises. This course counts as one of the required classes for students declaring a Creative Nonfiction emphasis for the MFA in Writing degree.

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

First Assignment Info

Start Date: Monday, January 9

Class Preview Date: December 26 (do not post in class until start date of 1/9; available early for review purposes only--email Beth to drop/add classes after open enrollment ends on 12/4)

Canvas Login & Navigation Instructions

IMF52704 Sylvia Plath & the Tarot, Part 1--Julia Gordon-Bramer

WIN QTR 17--ONLINE Sylvia Plath & the Tarot, Part 1

Instructor: Julia Gordon-Bramer

Class Type: Poetry: Literature

Course Description:
This course is intended for students who seek to understand the meanings and structure of Sylvia Plath's Ariel poems; to understand, identify and interpret symbolism; and to gain an introductory knowledge of the basic tenets of tarot and mysticism in written creative expression. Students will have weekly written responses, class discussion, presentations and individual creative work inspired by Plath's mystic models.

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

First Assignment Info

Start Date: Monday, January 9

Class Preview Date: December 26 (do not post in class until start date of 1/9; available early for review purposes only--email Beth to drop/add classes after open enrollment ends on 12/4)

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 the date the drop form is processed) are listed HERE.

IMF52902 Adv St Craft of Poetry: Writing the Love Poem: A Themed Formal Verse Workshop--Anothai Kaewkaen

WIN QTR 17--ONLINE Adv St Craft of Poetry: Writing the Love Poem: A Themed Formal Verse Workshop

Instructor: Anothai Kaewkaen

Class Type: Poetry: Craft + Workshop

Course Description:
Writing the Love Poem: A Themed Formal Verse Workshop

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways… Since the earliest times, no subject has been so perennially captivating, so enthusiastically treated in art and literature, as romantic love. Yet no poem can also be so frequently hackneyed, so dangerously given to platitudes, as the love poem, especially when rhyme and meter are thrown into the mix. But we know from our literary heritage that the wildest passions can be tamed and elegantly contained in the restraints of poetic form. The question is: how can we do this ourselves?

In this course, students will study form through the work of contemporary poets writing about love and relationships. Through a series of workshops, they will apply various elements of craft to find fresh and interesting ways to approach matters of the heart.

For students who have previously taken a forms class with me, this is an opportunity to revisit several received forms and concepts, while building off of them to generate new work within a narrower focus, and to read new authors. For students new to writing formal verse or poetry in general, this class serves as an introduction and examination of the basic structural components of verse—such as meter, rhyme, and repetition—that will serve them no matter the type of poetry they write in the future.

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

First Assignment Info

Start Date: Monday, January 9

Class Preview Date: December 26 (do not post in class until start date of 1/9; available early for review purposes only--email Beth to drop/add classes after open enrollment ends on 12/4)

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 the date the drop form is processed) are listed HERE.