1) Workshop: Again, target writers must provide the class with individual copies of a three - five page writing sample at the beginning of their scheduled workshop. Again, as the work is declaimed, evaluators should note reactions on the hard copy, which is then returned to the writer.  

2) Blog: A fictional excerpt, essay/article, podcast, or video (or combination of all four) will be regularly assigned and posted on the home page of this blog. Students MUST post reactions (minimum 250 words) to the assigned reading/listening/viewing. Students are encouraged to additionally respond to other student reactions.

First submission is due: Thurs. July 28 (grace period until Mon. Aug 1).  

Second submission is due: Weds. Aug 17 (in class, or in my mailbox by midnight). Final submission should be accompanied by three typed prompt responses (incl. Sun/Moon prompt) and a prefacing page illustrating the ways in which the fictional/non fictional readings, special guests, writing prompts, one-on-one conference, lecture/instruction, or peer evaluation assisted their work.

Submissions are to be a reasonably polished five page (double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point font, 1" margins) writing sample (that is, an excerpt from a short story, a novel, a work of creative nonfiction, or the appropriate number of poems; if screenplay/play, please submit in correct format).

PLAY (The Hit): Mon. Aug 8

Public Reading @ RU B&N, Thurs. Aug 11. Students are to read three, double-spaced pages of original work (roughly five minutes). If poetry, make sure it amounts to five minutes of work.


We begin with an assumption that all of you are Writers and, accordingly, all of you want (dare I suggest, eagerly want) to be here; and, indeed, that eagerness, evidenced by attendance, active participation, thoughtful responses to peer work and outside reading (written and verbal), and timely fulfillment of assignments, will warrant an A. So we begin with that: a final grade of A. As I discover that some of you want to be here more than others, or, hazard the thought, don’t want to be here at all, I will adjust your final grade accordingly.

Grades will drop a half-letter with three absences, and another half-letter for each additional absence. Students are responsible for obtaining assignments and notes for classes missed from a fellow student. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class (note: three tardies equal one absence). Students are expected to attend all classes, but if you expect to miss one or two classes, please use the University absence reporting website to indicate the date and reason for your absence. An email is automatically sent to me.

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