Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Catalog ID: LA490A

Section: 01
Course Name: Writing Fiction
Course Prerequisite: LA190 / Lecture or LA190 / e-Learning
Term: Autumn Meeting Day(s): Tuesday, Thursday Meeting Time(s): 12:30-1:50 p.m.
Class Location: KH215
Faculty Name: Sophia Kartsonis
Class Blog:
Department: Liberal Arts Division: English
Office Hours: T 9-11, H 10-11,
Office Location: Kinney Hall

Course Description: Focuses on the art of writing stories. In short stories, words are more than characters strung together to inform. This class will examine the ways literary strategies and interesting sentence structure make language into something artful. We will be looking at the craft and technique that comprise the most accomplished stories. With a combination of writing exercises and in-class workshops, we complete a number of smaller narrative assignments and some full-length stories. 3 credits, meets for a total of 3 hours.
Course Goal To acquaint student with the craft of producing stories and to help give them the terms and tools in which to assess and help revise and edit.

Course Learning Outcomes: Students can expect to know more about a novel or short story’s composition, both as an active verb and as a noun indicating the content. There will be lessons on scene, character, voice, point-of-view, and a variety of exercises designed to increase the sense of what is possible in writing stories.

CCAD Learning Goals:
Through the writing and analysis of stories, and the workshop, the course is designed to help students connect words and images into cogent, vibrant writing. Also, through the workshop model itself, students connect with one another to create a body of work that is more powerful for their collective insight. As the workshop environment creates an opportunity for both risk and community, it provides a means in which to reflect upon the story as act of “language art.” Additionally, through mastery in the art of reading as writers and writing as astute, sensitive readers, students are better able to create writing that is powerful in both form and function.
Required Course Materials:
Required Text(s):
All links and handouts provided in class or through the blog.

Recommended Text(s):
Jacqueline Osherow’s Whitethorn
TBA throughout

Schedule of Classes:
(See Attached)
Methods/weights of Evaluation: projects & homework assignments, any quizzes or exams 70% attendance &class participation 30%):

Course Grading Policies (this is a list of policies regarding due dates, late submissions, standards and expectation regarding work, etc.):
Due dates are crucial, particularly for those assignments that involve class-wide presentation or discussion. Late work will not be welcome and if an assignment is not turned in for a student’s upcoming or workshop or a presentation is not ready, there is no way to make that up to the whole class. For this reason, those assignments must come in on time, students must be present for their own workshops and as they are given two free absences, it is expected that students save those for such occasions and to keep the instructor informed (at least eight hours before class is to begin, where possible) that there has been an issue or emergency. After three absences, the instructor reserves the right to request the student consider dropping the course. All work unless otherwise noted is to be typed, proofread and turned in as a final, to-be-graded, copy.
CCAD Academic Policies:
(see the Student Handbook for complete policy information) Academic dishonesty may assume several forms. The most common are the use of unauthorized materials during exams, acquiring information from other students during an exam, and plagiarism. Plagiarism is defined by the following actions:
• Reproducing another person’s work and submitting it as one’s own
• Lifting material from other sources, including the Internet, to use in assignments without acknowledgment
• Using another person’s original ideas without providing appropriate credit
• Misrepresenting oneself as another individual to an instructor in the context of completing assignments or tests
• Participating in co-construction of assignments without the knowledge and approval of the instructor (not to be confused with legitimate and appropriate tutoring activities, which do not include actually completing another person’s work for him/her)
In all cases, if a student is unsure about a question of plagiarism or academic misconduct, the instructor should be consulted. Please consult the appropriate section under “Disciplinary Procedures” to learn about specific procedures involved in academic misconduct cases.
(see the Student Handbook for complete policy information) ADA STATEMENT If you have a documented cognitive, physical, or psychological disability, which includes learning disabilities (LD), attention deficit disorder (ADD), depression, anxiety, or mobility, as described by Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it is recommended that you contact Disability Services at 614-222-3292. They will assist you in arranging appropriate accommodations with the instructor.
(see the Student Handbook for complete policy information) Students are required to attend all classes on their schedule. Students may receive a failing grade if they have three or more absences in courses meeting once a week or four or more absences in courses meeting twice a week. For Summer Semester, the number of absences is computed on the basis of the total number of class hours missed (nine or more hours for studio courses and six or more hours for other courses). For May Minimester or summer sessions, missing 15% or more of a class constitutes an automatic failure. Students are reminded that they will receive a failing grade if they stop attending a course without properly dropping it. Dropping courses is the responsibility of the student.
(see the Student Handbook for complete policy information) A grade of incomplete (I) is given only in cases involving serious illness or unforeseen emergencies. In case of illness, a written verification may be required from the attending physician. The student should see the director of advising to process the proper medical documentation.
(see the Student Handbook for complete policy information) The college expects students to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the high ideals and standards that CCAD has set for its community and its students. Students who violate college policies, cause harm to others, commit criminal acts, or engage in disruptive behavior on or off campus premises may be subject to disciplinary sanctions by the institution.