English71Spring2010 - San Jos State University English 71...

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San José State University English 71: Introduction to Creative Writing, Section 1, Spring 2010 Instructor: Joan McMillan Office Location: Faculty Offices 218 Telephone: (408) 924-4433 Email: [email protected] (you may also contact me via the messaging system on mysjsu) Office Hours: Monday, 2:00-3:00, and by appointment (please do feel free to make an appointment with me at a time that’s convenient for you). Class Days/Time: Monday and Wednesday, 12:00-1:15 Classroom: BBC 205 Welcome to my class! Introduction to Creative Writing involves both the reading and production of poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction. Students will produce creative work in all three genres, and will submit a portfolio as a final class project. English 71 will also involve extensive reading in all three genres, with emphasis on the personal voice. Students will also examine the traditions of all three genres in light of their historical and cultural contexts, with a particular focus on the response of the human imagination and intellect in poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction. Introduction to Creative Writing is a 3-unit, lower-division course designed, adopted, implemented, and administered by the Department of English & Comparative Literature at SJSU in accordance with the University’s General Education Program Guidelines to fulfill Core General Education requirements in Each student is required to produce daily in-class writing in response to the readings, and extensive writing assignments, both in and out of class. Notebook exercises are designed to help students grow and experiment as creative writers. Reading responses will be collected by the instructor at the end of each class session and returned with comments; all in-class creative writing should be kept together in a folder, notebook, or journal of the students’ choosing. This course will involve discussion and writing workshops. Small groups will consist of four to five writers and will be used for critiquing writing in each genre. Students are required to attend; your grade will suffer if you do not attend these, as participation is a large part of your course grade. Writing creatively is a courageous act which has the potential to change one’s life, subtly or overtly, in nearly alchemical ways; this change is facilitated in large part by the writer’s openness and willingness to be transformed by abundant reading and writing. Think of this class as your chance to walk a unique
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path of discovery about yourself, your classmates, and the world in which you live. Course Content Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: · Gain an understanding of their own creative process and what they can do to support and refine it · Recognize issues related to writing in diverse cultural, social, creative, and historical contexts · Acquire through workshop and discussion the skills necessary to analyze and discuss poetry,
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