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San José State University Department of English and Comparative Literature English 71, Creative Writing, Section 8, Spring 2010 Instructor: Neli Moody Office Location: FOH 217 Telephone: 408-924-4494 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: T by appt. 9:00-10:00 and W 9:00-11:00 Class Days/Time: TTH 4:30-5:45 Classroom: Sweeney 229 Prerequisites: GE/SJSU Studies Category: C2 Humanities Course Fees: Faculty Web Page and MYSJSU Messaging (Optional) Copies of the course materials such as the syllabus, major assignment handouts, etc. may be found on my faculty web page at through the Quick Links>Faculty Web Page links on the SJSU home page. You are responsible for regularly checking with the messaging system through MySJSU (or other communication system as indicated by the instructor). English 71, Section 08, 23132, Spring, 2010 Page 1 of 11
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Course Description Introduction to Creative Writing (English 71) is a 3-unit lower-division course designed and administered by the Department of English & Comparative Literature at San Jose State University in accordance with the University’s General Education Program Guidelines to fulfill Core General Education requirements in the “C2” Letters area of Humanities & the Arts. Reading and writing of poetry, drama, and short fiction are at the heart of this class. Students will draft and craft original works of poetry, creative non-fiction, and fiction in response to samples of works by published authors. It is through the study of these writers that students may learn the craft of writing. Student works will be critiqued by the class and instructor. Art involves both inspiration and craft. This is the work of being a writer. The critique is an opportunity for you to become a better writer and to examine the inner workings of your writing. While it is important that students be familiar with fine writing via skilled writers, the focus of the class is original work by students. Students should be able to better understand the process of writing through essays about writing and readings that exemplify the techniques discussed. The class will use texts designed to inspire and instruct. Writers of diverse backgrounds will enable the student to understand how writing is shaped by personal experience and cultural influence. Students will also be exposed to other art forms, including poetry and prose and to the intersections of these different styles of communication. Students will keep a portfolio of work, both originals and edited copies to be turned in at the end of the semester. In the portfolio, students will also keep pre-writing assignments and lecture notes. The grade is based on regular attendance, fulfillment of all assignments and participation in the critiquing process with maturity and insight. Students must attend at least one CLA event and one or more literary events, i.e. readings. Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives
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