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

WIN QTR 17--ONLINE Creative Nonfiction Craft Foundations

Instructor: Lisa Haag 
Email: LHaag@lindenwood.edu

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.

IMF54100 Spec Topics Workshop: Poetry Writing--Eve Jones

WIN QTR 17--ONLINE Spec Topics Workshop: Poetry Writing

Instructor: Eve Jones

Class Type: Poetry: Workshop

Course Description:
This course is an intensive poetry writing workshop in which each student will produce original work and submit it to the class for analysis, close reading, line editing, discussion of theme and content, and suggestions for revision. No limit on subject or form. Students will have the chance to submit several poems and receive critical feedback.

No Textbook Required

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.

IMF58300 Contemporary Foundational Literature: Poetry--Ryan Smith

WIN QTR 17--ONLINE Contemporary Foundational Literature: Poetry

Instructor: Ryan Smith

Class Type: Poetry: Literature

Course Description:
This course is an intensive survey and analysis of foundational contemporary literary poetry and its authors, including the study and practice of close-reading techniques. Authors studied will include emerging poets currently publishing important works, as well as contemporary masters in the field of poetry. This course is highly recommended for students declaring a Poetry 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

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.

IMF52200 Focused Fiction Workshop--Kali VanBaale

WIN QTR 17--ONLINE Focused Fiction Workshop

Instructor: Kali VanBaale

Class Type: Fiction: Workshop

Course Description:
In this intensive fiction writing and workshop course, students will read and respond to the fiction of 2-4 fellow students each week, as well as submit their own work for analysis, close reading, discussion of theme and content, and suggestions for revision. There will also be a few short additional reading and writing assignments between workshop sessions. Each student will finish the course with two well-crafted and polished short stories. Workshop pieces will be submitted in professional format for literary short fiction.

No Textbook Required

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.

IMF54303 Focused Young Adult Literature--Nicole McInnes

WIN QTR 17--ONLINE Focused Young Adult Literature

Instructor: Nicole McInnes

Class Type: Fiction: Literature

Course Description:
In this course, we will focus on reading, analyzing and discussing contemporary/realistic young adult novels (some with crossover appeal to middle-grade and adult readers, due to the age and experiences of the protagonists). These four novels by award-winning authors encompass themes including family issues, racial identity, sexual identity, and geographical and historical context. In the last part of the course, our focus will shift to YA Science Fiction and Fantasy via a collection of stories on the cutting edge of these two popular categories.

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.

IMF51602 Fiction Craft & Workshop--David Hollingsworth

WIN QTR 17--ONLINE Fiction Craft & Workshop

Instructor: David Hollingsworth

Class Type: Fiction: Craft + Workshop

Course Description:
This course is focused on workshopping original pieces of fiction. It is also an exploration of the intricacies of fiction writing, from character and plot to effective description and dialogue. The techniques explored in class can help writers to develop work that is complete in all areas, firm in foundation, and necessarily concise. Students will submit a story for workshop and will be expected to provide constructive and careful feedback for others.

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.

IMF53900 Adv Studies in Contemporary Fiction--Wm Anthony Connolly

WIN QTR 17--ONLINE Adv Studies in Contemporary Fiction

Instructor: Wm Anthony Connolly

Class Type: Fiction: Craft

Course Description:
This eleven-week course is for the skilled fiction writer who wants to up their game. Each week the course will offer a new craft technique to produce prose with publication as the goal. Advanced Studies in Contemporary Fiction prepares students to work within historical and current creative writing practices and provides a supportive environment to refine their short stories, novellas or novels.

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.

IMF53200 Adv Focused Fiction Workshop--Tony D'Souza

WIN QTR 17--ONLINE Adv Focused Fiction Workshop

Instructor: Tony D'Souza

Class Type: Fiction: Workshop

Course Description:
What part of the literary family tree do you belong to? By exploring a wide range of writers and styles from the minimalist Ray Carver to the fantastical Italo Calvino, we'll develop a stronger foundation in the canon we all spring from, while cultivating our own writing through intensive workshops. The fictional line may have the longest learning curve of all the literary arts, especially for the beginning novelist. This course will emphasize the art of writer's discipline and offer tips on creating the routine and creative workspace a writer needs to run the marathon of writing a great book. Character, tone, and gravitas will all be discussed in relation to our work and final projects will include an exploration of the contemporary publishing marketplace and just how one goes about submitting work and seeing our names in real print.

No Textbook Required

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.

IMF53704 Modern Myths & Tricksters in Short Fiction--Kelli Allen

WIN QTR 17--ONLINE Modern Myths & Tricksters in Short Fiction

Instructor: Kelli Allen

Class Type: Fiction: Literature + Mini-Workshop

Course Description:
This course will offer a global survey of myth from ancient to present times and discuss how and why the mythic is still so vital and exciting in literature, especially in short fiction. Retelling of myths and creating new myth stories in a short story form lends to an awaking of universal story-telling consciousness. Cultures of every variety share myth stories and have versions of the archetypal hero story. Trickster figures have been employed in oral and literary traditions from the beginning of recognizable human expression to modern-day. This course will explore the hero’s journey according to Joseph Campbell and how his descriptions incorporate Native American trickster tales and early Russian fairy stories. We will explore how modern authors from Shelly to Neil Gaiman, from Borges to Junot Diaz have redeveloped the structure of myth in short form to establish a new and thrilling genera. Students will have an opportunity to read modern myth stories and create their own myths, hero stories, and trickster tales in mini workshops.

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.

IMF53703 Literature of War & Apocalypse--Scott Berzon

WIN QTR 17--ONLINE Literature of War & Apocalypse

Instructor: Scott Berzon

Class Type: Literature + Mini-Workshop (Fiction; may include some Poetry)

Course Description:
This literature course focuses on an increasingly prevalent genre of fiction that tackles questions as relevant today as ever: What does it mean to survive the horrific? Under what circumstances does a moral compass go astray? To what degree do we have control over our own destinies? In addition to reading a pair of novels in this course (The Road and Slaughterhouse Five), you will also be asked to read short fiction pieces which will be available to you online. You will closely examine the styles and techniques used by writers in this genre and will also have the opportunity to test your own hands at some original work.

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.

IMF55600 The Prose Collection: Alice Munro--Mary Anderson

WIN QTR 17--ONLINE The Prose Collection: Alice Munro

Instructor: Mary Anderson

Class Type: Fiction: Literature + Mini-Workshop

Course Description:
Dare to write about the ordinary. Learn to craft short stories with the impact of a novel. Come read and study Dear Life, and Runaway –two current collections of stories by Alice Munro. We will examine this beloved, award-winning, Canadian writer's “unparalleled gift for storytelling." Try your own hand in a mini-workshop writing your way through clarity and into vision.

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.

IMF53706 Revisionist Fictions: Works Inspired by Earlier Literature--J. Ted Morrissey

WIN QTR 17--ONLINE Revisionist Fictions: Works Inspired by Earlier Literature

Instructor: J. Ted Morrissey

Class Type: Fiction: Literature

Course Description:
In the sciences, it is commonplace to think of current researchers as building on the work of previous scientists (of “standing on the shoulders of giants,” as Sir Isaac Newton famously phrased it in 1676). However, this phenomenon is not limited to the sciences. Writers often have been inspired by the work of earlier authors to produce what has become known as “revisionist” texts (stories, novels, poems, plays); that is, they write narratives that are sequels or prequels to the original, or they tell the story from a different point of view, or in a different literary style. In this course we will study some originating texts and then works they have spawned. Among other issues, we will analyze the techniques that contemporary authors employ to synthesize the original into their own unique creations. If writers think of all that has come before as potential sources of inspiration, it opens innumerable possibilities for their own creative efforts.

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.

IMF58100 Contemporary Foundational Literature: Fiction--Chris Candice

WIN QTR 17--ONLINE Contemporary Foundational Literature: Fiction

Instructor: Chris Candice

Class Type: Fiction: Literature

Course Description:
This course is an intensive survey and analysis of foundational contemporary literary fiction and its authors, including the study and practice of close-reading techniques. Authors studied will include emerging fiction writers currently publishing important works, as well as contemporary masters in the field of literary short fiction and the novel. This course is highly recommended for students declaring a Fiction 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)
NOTE: This class uses the same textbook (with different reading assignments) as the textbook used for Classic Foundational Literature last quarter, so students who took that class can use the same text again (and students who take this class and plan to take Classic in the future can keep their text for that class).

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.

IMF51400 Fundamentals of Writing for the MFA--Beth Mead

WIN QTR 17--ONLINE Fundamentals of Writing for the MFA

Instructor: Beth Mead

Class Type: Fundamentals & 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 essay, chosen from a list of academic essay types studied during the quarter. 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.

WIN QTR 17 Textbook Info (textbook info is also available in the student portal registration function and LU's bookstore website)
NOTE: Older editions, ebooks, and used copies of the title below are acceptable for this class, due to the cost of the newest edition. Students are not required to purchase the newest edition below for this class. Any edition of A Writer's Reference is acceptable. (However, students who receive textbook vouchers with their financial aid package will need to purchase the edition below through LU's bookstore website linked above.)
A Writer's Reference
Hacker and Sommers
Bedford St. Martin's 2016 (see note above)
9781319083533

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.

On-Campus Flash Fiction Cluster W17--Ryan Smith

WIN QTR 17--On-Campus Flash Fiction Cluster

Instructor: Ryan Smith (instructor change from original schedule)
Email: RSmith@lindenwood.edu

Instructor Bio:
Ryan Patrick Smith--MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis
- Ryan's poems appear or are forthcoming in the Kenyon Review, Boston Review, Birdfeast, Salt Hill, and other journals.
- His poetry was selected as the runner up in the Boston Review's 2015 poetry contest and semi-finalist in the 2015 Discovery/Boston Review contest.
- A chapbook manuscript, The Death Metal Pastorals, was finalist in the Diagram/New Michigan Press Chapbook Contest and is currently under consideration at other presses.
- He has been a contributing editor to River Styx, Natural Bridge, and WomenArts Quarterly Journal.
- Website: ryanpatricksmith.net

Meeting Day/Time: Tuesdays 6-10pm
Location: LU Cultural Center Conference Room

Start Date: Tuesday, January 3

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

Course Description:
A piece of flash fiction is often explained as a story that has been “boiled down to its essential parts.” A flash story frequently depends on a fragment, a single hinging line, or a series of images to capture an entire narrative in less than 1000 words. In this course, we will read some fantastic examples of powerful flash, quiet flash, and flash that works its way into your skin through its language and oddity. We will write and workshop new work. Our goal is to create our own pieces of flash fiction with the guidance of one another and from the examples presented through our readings and prompts. We will do more with fewer words. We will give narrative new meaning and direction by focusing on how to impart all the emotion, energy, and poetics of longer prose into a smaller frame. The pieces written in this course will range from 25, to 50, to 250, to 500, and to 1000 words. Our stories will sometimes be sharp, and sometimes strive for elegance. Everything is fair game. Ultimately, the goal is to inspire one another to craft unique and vital works of fiction that are meant to be consumed in a single excited gulp.

FIRST ASSIGNMENT:

Please note that the written part of the assignment is the same as it was for the previous instructor, but you will bring the essay to class instead of emailing it ahead of time. 

Your first assignment for this cluster consists of two parts:

1. Please prepare a 1-2 page personal essay telling me what type of prose you enjoy writing (fiction, short memoir, journalism, poetry), how you would describe your writing aesthetic, and a few of your favorite authors and books. If you are published, where and in what genres? What events in your life brought you to writing? Please bring these essays to our first class meeting on Tuesday, January 3. You may be asked to read excerpts from your essays aloud to the class.

2. Please have pages xi-6 in Field Guide to Writing: Flash Fiction ed Tara L. Masih read and ready for discussion.

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