SRJC Course Outlines

6/13/2024 1:12:37 PMENGL 4A Course Outline as of Spring 2008

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  ENGL 4ATitle:  BEG CREATIVE WRIT  
Full Title:  Beginning Creative Writing
Last Reviewed:2/6/2023

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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Introductory study and writing of short fiction and poetry; drama and/or creative non-fiction.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:
Course Completion of EMLS 100 ( or ESL 100) OR Completion of ENGL 100B or higher (V8)


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Introductory study and writing of short fiction and poetry; drama and/or creative non-fiction.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of EMLS 100 ( or ESL 100) OR Completion of ENGL 100B or higher (V8)
Recommended:
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
C-ID:
 CID Descriptor: ENGL 200 Introduction to Creative Writing SRJC Equivalent Course(s): ENGL4A

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
I.  READING:
   A.  Identify and analyze major elements of narrative, including
       character, setting, plot/conflict, and figurative language in
       works by established writers and student writers in the genres of
       fiction, poetry, drama, and/or creative non-fiction.
   B.  Identify and analyze major elements of poetry including sound,
       rhythm, figurative language, and the poetic line.
   C.  Identify and analyze major components of drama including plot,
       character, theme, diction, music, spectacle, and convention.
   D.  Critique peer writing, providing constructive criticism.
   E.  Analyze similarities and differences among genres.
II. WRITING:
   A.  Apply a variety of creative writing techniques to different
       genres.
   B.  Employ basic narrative elements such as characterization, setting,
       plot/conflict, and figurative language.
   C.  Employ basic poetic elements such as sound, rhythm, figurative
       language and the poetic line.
   D.  Employ three major components of drama including plot, character,
       theme, diction, music, spectacle, and convention.
   E.  Revise and edit drafts of original work and provide revision and
       editing feedback to peers.
   F.  Write on a regular schedule to develop disciplined writing habits.

Topics and Scope
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I.  READING:
   A.  Examples of published work in the genres of fiction, poetry,
       drama, and/or creative non-fiction that demonstrate technical and
       stylistic elements of each genre, including but not limited to
       character, setting, plot/conflict, figurative language, sound,
       rhythm and the poetic line.
   B.  Examples of published work that demonstrate similarities and
       differences among genres.
II. WRITING:
   A.  Characteristics of the genres of fiction, poetry, and/or creative
       non-fiction.
   B.  Basic creative writing elements, such as character, setting,
       plot/conflict, figurative language, sound, rhythm, and the poetic
       line.
   C.  Basic components of a play, such as plot, character, theme,
       diction, music, spectacle, and convention.
   D.  Revision strategies using workshop feedback and individual
       conferences/tutorials focusing on creative writing elements of
       narrative in fiction, poetry; and/or creative non-fiction or
       drama.
III. PEER RESPONSE AND WORKSHOP:
   A.  Techniques for reading classmates' or peers' work in progress in
       a workshop setting.
   B.  Strategies for giving helpful response (feedback) to classmates'
       or peers' work in progress.
   C.  Evaluating and using peer response to improve writing.

Assignments:
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I.  READING
   A.  Read 30 to 50 pages each week of published works in the different
       genres and/or in craft manuals.
   B.  Read, analyze, and discuss in a work of short fiction narrative
       elements such as character, setting, plot/conflict, and figurative
       language.
   C.  Memorize and recite at least fourteen lines of poetry.
   D.  Read, analyze, and discuss poetic techniques in various forms of
       poetry.
   E.  Read, analyze, and discuss dramatic elements in various forms of
       drama.
   F.  Analyze and discuss a published work of fiction, focusing on
       characterization and conflict.
   G.  Present an oral critique of a classmate's work in a workshop
       setting.
II. WRITING:
   A.  Write a minimum of four hours weekly, focusing on establishing a
       regular writing schedule.
   B.  Collect a portfolio of revised work totaling at least 8,000 to
       10,000 words, 250 lines of edited poetry, or a proportional
       equivalence of several genres that demonstrate basic creative
       writing elements and techniques.
   C.  Write a work of creative non-fiction of at least 1,000 words with
       a consistent point of view; or 6-8 scenes for plays each one
       illustrating a different point or conflict.
   D.  Develop conflict between two characters through the use of
       dialogue in a short work of fiction of at least 750 words.
   E.  Develop a character in a short work of fiction.
   F.  Write a narrative poem based on a childhood memory.
   G.  Write a humorous poem that employs end rhyme and regular rhythm.
   H.  Write a series of nature poems relying on imagery.
   I.  Revise and edit at least two writings for each of two or more
       genres, using feedback from workshops and individual conferences
       or tutorials.
   J.  Write a critique of at least 500 words of a classmate's work in a
       particular genre as part of a workshop emphasizing specific
       technical and stylistic elements of creative writing.
   K.  Write a response to a published narrative or poem, identifying and
       discussing the importance of writing strategies employed.
   L.  Write a response to a literary event (such as a poetry reading)
       that you have attended.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
80 - 90%
Written homework
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
None
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
5 - 10%
Class performances, Oral critique, Poetry recitation
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
0 - 0%
None
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 10%
Attendance, class participation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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PRIMARY TEXT:
Burroway, Janet. WRITING FICTION: GUIDE TO NARRATIVE CRAFT. Harcourt, 2007
SUPPLEMENTAL TEXTS:
Goldberg, Natalie. WILD MIND. St. Martin's, 2006.
Bernays, Anne and Pamela Painter. WHAT IF: WRITING EXERCISES FOR FICTION
    WRITERS. Harper, 2003.
Gardner, John. THE ART OF FICTION. New York: Vintage, 1991.
Minot, Stephen. THREE GENRES: THE WRITING OF POETRY, FICTION, AND
    DRAMA. 6th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice, 2007.
Ueland, Brenda. IF YOU WANT TO WRITE. 2nd ed. Saint Paul: Greywolf,
    1997.
Kooser, Ted. THE POETRY HOME REPAIR MANUAL: PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR
      BEGINNING POETS. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press,
      2007.
Prose, Francine. READING LIKE A WRITER. New York: Harper Perennial, 2007.
Scofield, Sandra. THE SCENE BOOK: A PRIMER FOR THE FICTION WRITER. Penguin
      Books, 2007.
Examples of established writers include but are not limited to the
following:
Fiction:
Borges, Jorge Luis
Hemingway, Ernest
Kincaid, Jamaica
McCourt, Frank
Mason, Bobbie Ann
Mukherjee, Bharati
Poetry:
Cofer, Judith Ortiz
Collins, Billy
Donne, John
Hughes, Langston
Issa, Kobayashi
Lee, Li-Young
Olds, Shaon
Plath, Sylvia
Rios, Alberto
Shakespeare, William
Creative Non-fiction:
Angelou, Maya
Banks, Russell
Dillard, Annie
Kingston, Maxine Hong
Momaday, N. Scott
White, E. B.
Wolff, Tobias

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