Schedule

ENG 227 – Fall 2014

Introduction to Creative Writing

Schedule - Required Texts - Course Policies - Assignment Types

Submit Make-Up Work Here

Meeting Times

ENG 227 – Section 002

MW 4:00-5:15pm

STV 347A

ENG 101 – Section 057

MW 5:30-6:45

STV 250-A

Instructor: Ryan Edel

Office Hours

Wednesday 1:00-3:00pm

and By Appointment

STV 424B

Contact the Instructor

E-mail Ryan via ISU English

E-mail Ryan via 12Writing

Week / Date

Readings / Assignments

In-Class Activities

Week

1

Readings / Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

8/18/2014

Schedule and Course Policies

Wednesday

8/20/2014

(250 Words) Aesthetic Statement: Why I Write

Discussing Aesthetics

Week

2

Readings / Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

8/25/2014

Ticket In for Gornick: Situation and the Story – First Half

Please Bring Computers Today If Possible

(If you can’t bring a computer, please print out your answers in addition to filling out the form.)

Google Docs

  1. Create Your Google Account
  2. Submit Google E-mail
  3. Login to Google Drive and find the ENG 227 folder.

Wednesday

8/27/2014

(500 Words): Here's this Situation...Submit to the Situation and Story folder in Google Docs.

Week

3

Readings / Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

9/1/2014

Labor Day – No Class.

Wednesday

9/3/2014

Gornick: Situation and the Story – Read Till End

No Ticket In – Brief in-class quiz on book.

(500/1,000): Here's a Story from that Situation...placed in Story Folder in Google Docs

Workshopping for Story and Situation: How we differentiate the two and then identify ways to strengthen story when we’re bogged down in situation.

Week

4

Readings / Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

9/8/2014

Memoir – Hyperbole and a Half

Ticket In: How does Brosh use the interplay of Situation and Story to make her stories work?

Reminder: Workshop Pieces due Thursday, 9/18 at 5pm.  5% grade reduction for each day they are late if you contact your group members beforehand – 10% if you don’t tell anyone..

Discussion: The Interplay between Details, Situation, and Story

Activity 1: Freewriting in Workshop #1 Groups

Activity 2: Revising Details to Reflect Story

Wednesday

9/10/2014

(1,000) Here's another story...or continuing my previous story…Due to Google Docs

Please also bring a Paper Copy to Class.

Pair-Up Workshopping for short pieces.

Progressive Feedback: Encouraging the writing process versus just talking about what you’ve written.

Example of Google Docs Worskhopping

Today is Rough Draft workshopping.  We’re only going to focus on situation, story, and major details – don’t worry about grammar, syntax, or other minor issues that can being fixed later.

Week

5

Readings / Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

9/15/2014

Due: Comments on Rough Draft Pieces.

Reading Moved to 9/29:

Memoir – Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

Attendance and Make-Up Work

Groups for Rough-Draft Workshop

Groups for Workshop #1

Freewriting: Kurt Vonnegut’s Shape of Stories

Wednesday

9/17/2014

(1,500) Workshop #1 Due Thursday 5pm

Due to Google Docs

Week

6

Readings / Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

9/22/2014

Workshop #1: Memoir / Narrative

Comments due to Google Docs before class.

Workshop

Wednesday

9/24/2014

Workshop #1: Memoir / Narrative

Comments due to Google Docs before class.

Workshop

Week

7

Readings / Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

9/29/2014

Memoir – Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

Poetry – Seashell Anthology

Using Details in Writing

  • Sedaris and the Sea Turtles
  • Sedaris and French Dental Professionals

Choosing Poems to Read for Wednesday

Wednesday

10/1/2014

Poetry – Seashell Anthology – 25%

Due Friday – (50/250) - Poem

Submit to Google Docs 10/3 Folder

Discussion: Some Components of Poetry

Free Verse

Meter: feet, iambs, trochees

Lines: trimeter/tetrameter/pentameter/hexameter

Stanzas: sonnets

Imagery: metaphor, simile, metonymy

Week

8

Readings / Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

10/6/2014

Poetry – Seashell Anthology – 50%

Wednesday

10/8/2014

Due – (100/500) - Poems (2-3)

Submit to Google Docs 10/8 Folder

Week

9

Readings / Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

10/13/2014

Poetry – Seashell Anthology – 100%

Fiction – Dover Short Stories 

Workshop Pieces due 10/24

Wednesday

10/15/2014

Due for Class: Workshop Poem for Practice Workshop

Submit to Group Folder in 10/13 Poetry Workshop Groups

Due Friday: (200/1,000) - Poems (5-10)

Submit to Google Docs 10/17 Folder

Practice Poem Workshop 1 – Printed Copies, one per group member.  Can be a poem you’re already written.

Goal: 15-60 lines.

Week

10

Readings / Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

10/20/2014

Poetry – Seashell Anthology

Fiction – Dover Short Stories

Poetry Language Discussion / Syntax and Punctuation

Wednesday

10/22/2014

Extra Credit: (300/1,500) - Poems (5-10)

Submit to Google Docs 10/22 Folder 

Workshop #2 Due Friday 5pm

Submit to Google Drive 10/24 Folder

(in your group folder)

30-60 lines of Poetry, can be multiple shorter poems or one longer one.

Longer works up to four pages (1,000 words) of text may be submitted, but they won’t get the same level of line-by-line feedback.

Practice Poem Workshop 2

Google Docs

14-30 lines

Week

11

Readings / Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

10/27/2014

Workshop #2 - Poetry 2-3 people

Wednesday

10/29/2014

Workshop #2 - Poetry 2 people

Week

12

Readings / Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

11/3/2014

Fiction - The Emperor's Soul

Wednesday

11/5/2014

Work on your project

(500)

Option A: The Rules of a World

Option B: Poems from a World

Option C: Narrative from a World

Daily Check-In

Week

13

Readings / Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

11/10/2014

(1,000)

Option A: My Favorite Genre looks like...

Option B: Write in Your Genre.

Workshop Pieces due 11/21

Wednesday

11/12/2014

(250/500) A Character in the world of my genre would be...

Week

14

Readings / Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

11/17/2014

Poetry – Seashell Anthology

Fiction – Dover Short Stories

Word War

Wednesday

11/19/2014

(varies depending on genre)

Workshop #3 Due Friday 5pm

Upload to Google Docs

Week

15

Readings / Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

11/24/2014

Thanksgiving

Wednesday

11/26/2014

Thanksgiving

Week

16

Readings / Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

12/1/2014

Workshop #3 - Main Project

Wednesday

12/3/2014

Workshop #3 - Main Project

Portfolios Due Friday 5pm

Create a folder in Portfolios Folder in Google Drive

Portfolio Extension Requests Due via E-mail by Thursday 5pm

For Your Portfolio Intros

  • Your favorite pieces and why you like them.
  • Your least-favorite pieces and the issues you see in them.
  • The work you did toward becoming a better writer.
  • Describing your efforts for the “10,000 words of effort.”
  • Where you see your writing going after the semester.

Week

17

Readings / Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

12/8/2014

No Final for ENG 227

Wednesday

12/10/2014

Week

18

Readings / Assignments

In-Class Activities

Monday

12/15/2014

Tuesday

12/16/2014

Grades Due - Tuesday, 16-Dec, Noon