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A practical examination of creative writing skills, including selected readings and writing workshops, in a range of forms including poetry, short fiction, journalism, and script writing for media such as film, television, theatre, and radio. Admission only at the discretion of the instructor following a submission of creative work.
This online creative writing course is an introduction to the art of composing fiction and poetry. Students submit independent creative work to the instructor and to their classmates for feedback and read and respond to their classmates' writing. All writings and course materials are shared electronically via website and email. The course is designed to help students write regularly and to enjoy writing. By sharing work in progress, students learn from and support one another and develop critical judgment. They also practice computer and internet skills and become comfortable working online.
This is a limited-enrolment courses for which students may not pre-register. Admission is by permission of the instructor, Carolyn Smart, based on her assessment of writing samples. Submission materials should include either a recently-completed short story or non-rhyming poem, a cover letter describing your reasons for wanting to take the course, and your student number, and may be submitted in two ways: to the Department of English in hard copy, or as an MS Word attachment to the instructor (firstname.lastname@example.org). Early submission is encouraged. Successful applicants will find the course listed on SOLUS during the pre-registration period.
The online postings of student writing will be the primary texts for this course. You will need a good dictionary and thesaurus, and you may find a grammar book helpful. The Canadian Poetry Online site will be our poetry resource.
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor
Admission is based on writing samples.
This course is in an online workshop format, and students are expected to contribute each week. Since this is a workshop and feedback is important, students should plan to be online at least twice a week. Participation in at least 80% of the course is mandatory.
- Creative writing workshop participation – 50%
- 5 assignments (10% each) – 50%
- Two reviews – not graded, but must be submitted to pass the course
- There is no final exam.
Note concerning the Creative Writing Workshop: You will post several examples of new, "finished" writing you have done for this course and worked on with care and considerable attention. Writing you submitted to previous workshops or other classes (including high school) is unacceptable. The page distribution will be as follows:
- Either: 2 short stories – 5 pages minimum for each
- Or: 4 poems
- Or: 1 short story and 2 poems
These pieces will be posted on-line and the whole class will respond.
Five Assignments and Two Reviews: Five times during the term I will assign you stories to read from your text or poems to read online. You will be expected to write a story or poem of your own along the lines of the work you are reading. These will be seen by me and marked. They are for my eyes only, not for the response of your classmates.
In addition to these five assignments, you will be responsible for the following two special assignments:
- One review from a writer's viewpoint of literature in performance (a public reading by an author of his or her work, a play, etc.)
- A written review of a current Canadian book – either a novel, a collection of short stories, a personal memoir, or a poetry collection or anthology. I’d prefer these NOT to be best sellers, but rather "small press" publications, and the work of new ("emerging") writers.
CWRI 295 Online should help you write regularly, to bring more sharply refined skills to the reading of your own work, and teach you to edit yourselves with a more clearly intuitive, finely practiced eye.
It should also encourage you to read literature as the examples offered for exercises are broad ranging.
By sharing work-in-progress, students will learn from and support one another, and begin to develop critical judgment.
You will also practice computer and Internet skills and become comfortable working online.
Textbooks and Materials
CDS reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at http://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/SearchEngine/ to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.
Students will obtain their course notes and assignments from the course Moodle site beginning the first day of term.
"What If?" Exercises and Stories for Fiction Writers, By: Bernays, Publisher: Pearson Longman.
Note: The online postings of student writing will be the primary texts for this course. You will need a good dictionary and thesaurus, and you may find a grammar book helpful.
Additionally, the Canadian Poetry Online site will be our poetry resource.
You should expect to spend at least one hour per day on the site. This will mostly involve reading your group's postings and responding to them thoroughly, shortly after they are posted. More time will go into your own ongoing creative work for posting on the site, and more time still on your five assignments (for the instructor's eyes only) which are due roughly every two weeks throughout the term. The assignments will involve some research, either in the text, "What If?" or online through individual research into the forms you will be attempting to use in your assignments. Don't forget your two reviews, which should be creative and fun.
Moodle is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into Moodle to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the Moodle site.
About Credit Units
Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA requires a total of 90 credit units.
To take an online course, you’ll need a good-quality computer (Windows XP/Vista/7, Pentium III, or Mac OS X 10.5, G4 or G5 processor, 256 MB RAM) with a high-speed internet connection, soundcard, speakers, and microphone, and up-to-date versions of free software (Explorer/Firefox, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader). See also Preparing For Your Course.
The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s are 1 April (for May summer term), 1 June (for July summer term), 1 August (for fall term), and 1 December (for winter term). All documents must be received by the 15th of the month following the deadline. You can register for a course up to one week after the start of the course. See also Dates and Deadlines.
Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2013-14 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $597.70; for a 6.0-unit course, $1195.40. See also Tuition and Payment.
All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.
All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.
Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.