Sunday, July 17, 2016

First Assignment for Online Classes FA QTR 16


Start Date for online classes: Monday, October 3

Preview Date: Monday, September 19. NOTE: Do NOT post in classes before the start date of October 3. Classes are available as of September 19 for review purposes only. Contact Beth to drop/add classes after open enrollment ends.

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 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 at the link below:

First Assignment Instructions:

Beginning with fall quarter, Lindenwood University will require student authentication in all fully online classes. MFA classes will use video posts at three points during the quarter for identity 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, October 3, by 11:59pm
(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.

Instructors will enter first week attendance according to posts made by 11:59pm on Monday, October 3. 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. October 3 through Sun. October 9):

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 (an introductory discussion and a new survey required by the university). 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 ( 

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: Lindenwood University now has a Barnes & Noble website available here. MFA textbooks are usually available at on-ground bookstores such as Barnes & Noble, as well as through online sites such as (used copies are often available). E-books are acceptable. Students who receive book vouchers through their financial aid package must use LU's B&N site to order books.

Canvas instructions


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).

The Long Story & Novella

InstructorTed Morrissey

Instructor Contact Info:
(Note: first letter of email address is J)

Instructor Bio:
Ted Morrissey – Ph.D. in English studies Illinois State University, MA (with a specialization in Fiction) Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Author of five books of fiction, including the novels An Untimely Frost and Men of Winter and the novella Weeping with an Ancient God (named a Best Book of 2015 by Chicago Book Review)
  • Short stories have appeared in nearly forty journals, among them Glimmer TrainPANKEleven Eleven, and (forthcoming) Everest and Southern Humanities Review.  Essays and reviews have been included in North American ReviewWriters Ask, and Slush Pile Magazine.
  • The title story of Ted’s forthcoming collection, Crowsong for the Stricken, won the Flyleaf Journal Editors’ Choice Reprint Award in 2015. The story originally appeared in Noctua Review. His story “A Wintering Place” was a semifinalist in the ScreenCraft 2015 Short Story Contest.
  • Ted’s monograph The Beowulf Poet and His Real Monsters (Edwin Mellen) won the D. Simon Evans Prize for distinguished scholarship and has been acquired by more than 600 university and research libraries around the world, including the Library of Congress, the British Library, and Australian National University. He’s also a William H. Gass scholar, and several of his conference papers on Gass’s work are available at his 12 Winters Blog.
  • He founded Twelve Winters Press in 2012 and co-directs it with his wife Melissa, an educator and children’s author. Visit his website and follow @t_morrissey.
Course Number: IMF 53705  (new course number as of FA QTR 16)

Course Title: Selected Emphases in Fiction: The Long Story & Novella

Available Sections: OL1, OL2, OL3

Class Type: Literature

Course Description:
In workshops, fiction writers often focus on the short-story form; however, nearly all fiction writers aspire to be novelists. The leap from story writing to novel writing can be daunting. The focus of this course is literature that falls into that gray area between the typical short story and novel: the long story and the novella (which can be interchangeable terms). We will read eight works of fiction, with a particular emphasis on studying the elements in these shorter works that we normally associate with full-blown novels. While length is most readily identified as the chief difference between short stories and novels, in this course we will see that there is much more to it than mere word count—and in so doing hopefully facilitate the tricky transition from short-form to long-form writer.

Textbook info:
The Death of Ivan Ilych *
Leo Tolstoy
The Awakening *
Kate Chopin
The Old Man and the Sea
Ernest Hemingway
Brokeback Mountain
Annie Proulx
Black Water
Joyce Carol Oates
Wide Sargasso Sea
Jean Rhys
Toni Morrison
Sleep Donation **
Karen Russell
Ebook only
 *Denotes a book that is available free online.
** Sleep Donation is only available in digital format; available for free download (Amazon etc.)

Class Preview Date: September 19 (do not post in class until start date of 10/3; available early for review purposes only--email Beth to drop/add classes after open enrollment ends on 9/16)

Class Start Date: October 3

First Assignment Info -- Click link to read important updated info before class begins, including the new video journal requirement for LU's student identity authentication policy.

Canvas Login & Navigation Instructions

Canvas info for on-campus clusters

MFA On-Campus Cluster Use of Canvas:

MFA students enrolled in on-campus clusters can access the syllabus, gradebook, assignment info, and any handouts in Canvas. Each on-campus cluster will have three classes available on Canvas, with a separate gradebook for each class. Scroll down to view login instructions.

Navigating Canvas for Cluster students:

-Click on Syllabus in the left column to view instructor contact info, the online syllabus, and the printable syllabus file.

-Click on Grades in the left column to access the gradebook.

-Click on Assignments in the left column to view class assignments, points possible, and due dates.

-Click on Files in the left column to access any class handouts.

-OPTIONAL: A general discussion thread called Class Cafe is available in case students would like to discuss anything during the week related to class, writing, literary events, books, etc. Instructors may also add a required class discussion for the 13th class; if so, you will receive instructions for this assignment. To access the discussion board, click on Discussions in the left column.

Screenshot of sample Home page for on-campus classes:

Logging in to Canvas: 

Use your Lionmail username and password to log into Canvas. (Do NOT include the portion of your Lionmail--just the username before the @.)You can access Canvas in the same places that you accessed Blackboard: the LU website (click on the Canvas drop-down menu for login and resources), the student portal, or a direct URL. If you log in through your portal, you will see a list of Canvas resources there.

Canvas Resources:

-A video that gives students an overview of Canvas and online learning can be viewed HERE.

-The Canvas student guide page can be viewed HERE.

Class Schedule FA QTR 16

+ Denotes a class that fulfills a requirement for an emphasis area. Contact Beth with questions.
* Denotes new course numbers (being offered for the first time in FA QTR 16). For all other classes, check your transcript in your student portal to make sure you have not taken the exact course number in a previous term. (For example, you can take both IMF 55600 and 55601, but you cannot take 55600 twice.) 


Thesis Guidelines & Enrollment Instructions (for final quarter in MFA program)

Click on each class title to view all class info: start date, class type (literature class, workshop, etc.), course description, textbook(s), instructor bio, first assignment, and a link to Canvas login and navigation instructions. 




David Hollingsworth: IMF 54600 The Personal Essay


Thai Kaewkaen: IMF 51700 Poetry Genres


On-campus students have two cluster options for fall. Click on the first assignment links below for start date, location, course description, instructor bio and contact info, first assignment instructions, and Canvas info for on-campus clusters. After deciding which cluster you'd like to take, email Beth to either requst that your portal be enabled for self-registration, or to indicate which cluster you'd like Beth to enroll you in for fall. Contact Beth or the instructors with any questions. 

On-Campus Journal Editing Cluster: Poetry
Instructor: Kelli Allen
IMF 55700.80 The Literary Journal
IMF 55800.80 Adv Studies in Prose
IMF 56000.80 Adv Studies in Literary Journal (focus for Fall 16: Poetry)
On-Campus Advanced Scriptwriting Cluster
MONDAYS in Scheidegger
Instructor: Peter Carlos
IMF 52400.80 Focused Scriptwriting Workshop
IMF 53400.80 Advanced Focused Scriptwriting Workshop