Syllabus1142.Fall07 - ENC 1142-17 Fall 2007 TR 2:00-3:15...

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ENC 1142-17 Fall 2007 Instructor: Susan Finch TR 2:00-3:15 BEL 008 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: M 2-4, F 1-3 Office Location: Williams Hall 331 FIRST-YEAR WRITING MISSION STATEMENT: First-Year Writing courses at FSU teach writing as a recursive and frequently collaborative process of invention, drafting, and revising. Writing is both personal and social, and students should learn to write for a variety of purposes and audiences. Since writing is a process of making meaning as well as communicating, FYW teachers respond to the content of students' writing as well as to surface errors. Students should expect frequent written and oral response on the content of their writing from both teacher and peers. Classes rely heavily on a workshop format. Instruction emphasizes the connection between writing, reading, and critical thinking. Students should give thoughtful, reasoned responses to the readings. Both reading and writing are subjects of class discussions and workshops, and students are expected to be active participants of their classroom community. Learning from each other will be a large part of our classroom experience. If you would like further information regarding the First-Year Writing Program, feel free to contact the program director, Dr. Deborah Coxwell Teague ([email protected]). COURSE GOALS: This course aims to help you improve your writing skills in all areas: discovering what you have to say, organizing your thoughts for a variety of audiences, and improving fluency and rhetorical sophistication. More specifically, you will write and revise two short stories, two short shorts, a class presentation, a self-evaluation, and several exploratory exercises. For each assignment, you will devise your own purposes and structures, while working directly with your peers to practice critical reading and response. Hopefully, this approach will allow you to try out, then refine many new writing techniques. REQUIRED MATERIALS: Making Shapely Fiction, by Jerome Stern The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction , edited by Lex Williford and Michael Martone COURSE REQUIREMENTS: All of the formal written assignments below must be turned in to me in order to pass the course. Attendance and conferences are also required. More than four absences is grounds for failure. 1. Two revised short stories (one with a research element) 2. Two short shorts 3. In-class story presentation 4. Self-Evaluation included in your portfolio 5. Active participation (discussion, workshop preparation, in-class exercises) Grade Breakdown: Short Story: 30% Short Story with Research Element: 30% Story Presentation: 15% Short Shorts: 15% Workshop Responses: 5% Participation (quizzes, discussion, self-evaluation etc.): 5%
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Short Story (6-8 pages) Students will first write a complete short story. We will work towards writing this story with a series of in class writing exercises on character, plot, dialogue,
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