- Reading Responses
I believe that the best writing is derived from good reading; therefore, this class is reading intensive. I try to balance the reading load by giving you time to respond to the reading in class. In order to encourage you to keep up with the reading and to ensure your preparedness to participate in class discussions, you should expect to be asked to respond to your reading (textbook or handouts) in class every day. These in-class (and online) reading responses will sometimes take the form of quizzes, sometimes they will be a written response to a particular prompt, and sometimes they may be more creative or experimental. They may even be oral responses or participation responses, sometimes. They will require that you read the assigned texts thoroughly in order to be successful. You will need to be active readers! As opposed to reading journals, these responses will become a record of your thinking about your reading and classwork and will become an occasion for you to reflect and make connections. Reading responses (including in-class disussions) will be worth 15% of your final grade.
- Writing Responses
Along with preparing you to be a better reader, this class will help you develop as a writer. Reading and responding to the writing of others helps you read your own writing more carefully and critically. Therefore, you will be required write critical responses to the writing of your peers. You will respond through constructive comments during in class workshops. You will also be responsible for at least one written response each workshop day. You will submit thorough thoughtful comments that your assigned writer can act on in their revisions. Writing responses will be worth 15% of your final grade.
- Formal Writing
You will be responsible for ten poems and two revisions. These works will be discussed more fully in separate assignment sheets. Please read and reread these assignment sheets and follow them closely. The poems should not exceed 5 pages per poem, single-spaced, flush left margins (no centered poems), and titled. The heading should include your name, the date, and your email address, no need for more. Use 1 or 1.25 inch margins. Do not do insulting, page-lengthening, goofball spacing font arrangements. Drafts of poems and revisions will be worth 45% total.
- Final Portfolio
This final portfolio will give you a chance to return once more to your writing and make it as successful as it can be. At the end of the semester after the reading and workshops are completed, and after you have received your comments from me, you will apply your new knowledge and experience to your work one last time. This final portfolio will be a testament to your understanding of yourself as a writer and of your chosen genre. It will consist of a minimum of 10 to 20 pages of perfectly revised poetry writing and a two-page reflection. It will also include all written responses to your workshop group members that you’ve submitted to the over the period of the semester. It will be bound in a file folder (not a binder). Think of this portfolio as your professional work, ready for submission. Your portfolio will be worth 15% of your final grade.
This is a class that depends on your being there. Your participation, readings responses, and quizzes cannot be made up. Therefore, you must be in class (and attend your assigned outside meetings). You are allowed three absences. No excuses. No penalties. After three your grade will be dropped a letter per absence; you will be dropped from the course with a WF after seven absences. Excessive tardiness will also impact reading response averages and accumulation of absences. Attendance/participation will account for 25% of the final grade.