English 3103A: Advanced Creative Writing -- Poetry Workshop
Thursday 7:00 - 10:00pm, Winter 2010
Location: ECH 120

Dr. Kathleen McConnell
Ph: 460-0394, Office: ECH 323
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 11:30-12:30, or by appointment


Integrity. Metaphor. True.
(Compassion. Attention.)


Sufficient copies of your weekly workshop poem for distribution to your group and me (7-8 copies, including one for yourself).
Photocopies handed out in class
Chapbooks, books of poetry, and periodicals from the library, or borrowed from me. Your final mark will not be released to the registrar until all material borrowed from me is returned.
The course uses Moodle, so consistent, reliable access to a computer and the internet is essential.
You should have good desk dictionary (i.e. Oxford or Webster), and a writing reference with a glossary (i.e. Rooke, Hacker, the MLA Handbook, etc.).


30% Initial Portfolio
Due: Beginning of class, Thursday, Feb 25th (the class before reading week)
What: A portfolio of poems, (12-24 typed single-spaced pages, left justified unless changed for aesthetic purposes), much of which should be material workshopped in class.

30% Final Portfolio
Due: Noon, Tuesday April 19th
What: A revision of your Interim portfolio (12-24 typed single-spaced pages, etc.), 50%-100% of which must be material workshopped in class, taking into account the feedback given on the earlier portfolio. You are welcome to add poems, remove poems, and especially to revise poems from the interim portfolio.

10% Presentation
Each student will give at least one 5 to 10 minute presentation, on material handed out the previous week. The material may be a set of poems or an article by a poet, a section of pages from Mary Oliver's A Poetry Handbook, etc. Please see the supplementary assignment sheet for a full explanation.

10% Other Writing (Workshop critique, Event Review, Portfolio Preface)
You must do four 1 to 2 page (typed, double spaced prose, times 12 point) assignments. This  MUST incluse one Workshop Critique, and one Event report. Failure to produce four of these will result in a grade of 0 out of 10 for the "Other Writing".

Workshop Critique
Due: beginning of class Feb 4, Mar 18 or with your final portfolio April 19.
What:  A discussion of your experience of the critiquing process: what you learned and from whom. Be specific; mention the titles and authors from your group that you choose to discuss in these papers, either positively (i.e. “From X's comments, I learned to...”.) or negatively (“From Y's story, I learned never to....”). These papers are not about how good or bad you felt, or the group dynamic -- they are supposed to give me some indication of the development of your critical eye.

Poetry Reading Review
Due: The beginning of the next class after an event in Fredericton that you attended during this term. Final opportunity to hand one of these in: last class, April 8.
What: A review of a poetry reading

Final Portfolio Preface
Due: with the final portfolio, April 19
What: Either write an artist's statement to act as a preface to your final portfolio, or write a preface to the final portfolio of one of your classmates.

10% Peer Evaluation
Each time the groups change, you will award each member of your previous group a mark out of 10,  based on your evaluation of each member's performance in and contribution to the workshop. The individual peer evaluation mark will be the average of all PE marks for that individual.

10% Workshop & Participation (including meeting with the prof)
You will be expected to bring in seven or eight copies of one new poem per week to be workshopped with your group; groups will change 3 times during the term.
Workshop poems must be written during the term. The poems should be typed, single spaced and left justified (i.e. not centred on the page, unless that is a conscious aesthetic decision).
On two different evenings, you are welcome bring a rewritten version of a poem that you've already workshopped, or a rewritten poem from your admission portfolio, if it has been significantly rewritten since it was submitted.
This grade takes into account things like responses to people's presentations, extra writing, as well as absenteeism, late work, and lateness to class – at the beginning and after the break, etc.
You MUST meet with the prof once this term – probably the best time to do so would be after the return of the initial portfolio, though you are welcome to come by any time this term, during my office hours; if they don't work for you, then we can meet by appointment.


30% Initial Portfolio
30% Final Portfolio
10% Presentation
10% Other Writing (Event Review, Workshop Critique, Portfolio Preface)
10% Peer Evaluation
10% Workshop & Participation


Late Work And Absences
As a responsible adult, it is up to you to keep track of assignments and due dates.

Writing assignments are due at the beginning of the class period indicated on the work outline or syllabus. Extensions for the final portfolio must be requested at least one day before the assignment is due; an Extension Form must be completed with the professor, and attached to the paper when it is handed in. There will be no extensions for the initial portfolio.
Late assignments will lose grades.
Students who miss more than three classes may be dismissed from the course. (Calendar, p 265.)

Expectations, Evaluation, Academic Misconduct
The University Calendar includes a Statement of Mutual Academic Expectations. Specifically for this class you will be expected to show respect for your fellow students, as well as your own education, by
- having read the material scheduled for the day;
- being responsible for material that you may have missed;
- showing up on time with the necessary material;
- not preparing to leave before time; and        
- by keeping in mind that this is a classroom, not a cafeteria or a lounge.

Check out the University Calendar for an explanation of letter grades and GPAs, and for the rules governing academic misconduct. Plagiarism is the representation of someone else’s ideas, data, or opinions as your own. Self-Plagiarism includes submitting old work as if it was new. Both are serious forms of intellectual dishonesty. University regulations on plagiarism and cheating will be strictly enforced. Please come see me if you have any questions about what constitutes plagiarism.

Letter / number grade equivalents for this course are as follows:
A+ 95-100%        
A   90-94%           
A- 85-89%
B+ 80-84%
B    75-79%
B- 70-74%
C+ 65-69%
C    60-64%
C- 55-59%
D   50-54%
F    below 50%

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