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MONTGOMERY COLLEGE
Department of English, Reading, Foreign Languages, Philosophy
and the American English Language Program
Takoma Park / Silver Spring Campus


HP251WA: Tutorial in Humanities: Creative Writing Process
Prof. Giron / Spring 2007



Texts for Fiction:
• The Story & Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction (6th ed.) = TSIW
Recommended Reading:
• The Creative Writing Guide [read pages: 188-239 (The Heart of a Story: Character & Conflict; The Structure of a Story: Setting & Plot; and The Voice of a Story: Point of View)]

Texts for Nonfiction:
• Fact and Artifact (2nd ed.) [read the whole book]
Recommended Reading:
• The Creative Writing Guide [read pages: 162-240 and 240-252 (Writing Literary Nonfiction; The Heart of a Story: Character & Conflict; The Structure of a Story: Setting & Plot; The Voice of a Story: Point of View; and Literary Nonfiction)]

Session One January 24: [CLASS TIME FOR EACH SESSION 2.30 PM IN PF 215]
• Introduction to the creative process and its elements
• Techniques to get started

Assignment for next session:
Free writing & cluster exercise on a person, place or emotion that stirs strong feelings.
Write a letter or at least 2 typed pages in which you explain your goals (those accomplished and those yet to be accomplished).
**Note: Assignments are to be written for the next session during which we will go over them.

Preparing for next sessions:
• Read the material before coming to class as preparation and examples to help you write your assignments.
• The class sessions will focus on using the time as a workshop for reading your work aloud and getting feedback.

Session Two February 7
Readings from TSIW:
• p. 1731 (A Brief History of the Short Story)
• p. 1739 (The Elements of Fiction)
• p. 1752 (Writing about Short Stories)
• p. 1780 (Glossary of Literary Terms)
• p. 1790 (Chronological Listing of Authors & Stories)
• pp. 1603-1628 Casebooks-Raymond Carver plus stories:
• "The Bath" p. 230-
• "A Small, Good Thing" p. 235-
• "What We Talk about When We Talk about Love" p. 252-
• "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" (Bierce) p. 173-

Assignment for next session: Focus on Essay on Narration of a Personal Event
Write an essay of at least 3 typed pages of a personal event you narrate in an essay form.

Assignment for next session: Focus on Setting/Description
Develop a setting sketch (3 to 5 pages) in which you describe a scenery, with or without, people in it.


Session Three February 21:
Readings from TSIW:
• pp. 1663-1687 Casebooks-Flannery O'Connor plus stories:
• "Everything That Rises Must Converge" p. 1117-
• "Good Country People" p. 1128-
• "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" p. 1142-
• pp. 1690-1716 Casebooks-Edgar Allan Poe plus stories:
• “The Case of Amontillado” p. 1188-
• “The Fall of the House of Usher” p. 1193-
• “The Tell-Tale Heart” p. 1206-
• “Why I Live at the P.O." (Welty) p. 1368-

Assignment for next session: Focus on Characterization/Point of View
Develop a character sketch (3 to 5 pages) using the objective point of view in which you describe the character as much as possible without telling us what he/she is feeling or thinking; use as little dialog as possible. The intent and focus should be on the character so that we get a sense who he/she is, with as few others in the sketch as possible.


Session Four March 7: [PLEASE NOTE THE DOUBLE CLASS TIME]

Special Class and Lecture on Poetry:
from 11 am to 12 workshop on poetry in ST301 (pizza will be served)
from 12.30 to 1.30 poetry reading

Readings from TSIW:
• pp. 1629-1647 Casebooks-Anton Chekhov plus stories:
• "Angel [The Darling]" p. 289-
• "A Blunder" p. 297-
• "The Lady with the Little Dog" p. 299-
• "The Overcoat" (Gogol) p. 590- plus Commentary: p. 1543-

Assignment for next session: Focus on Plot/Conflict
Develop a short sketch (5 to 8 pages) in which you try to convey a conflict between 2 characters while trying not to use too much dialog, without resolving the conflict.

Session Five March 28:
Readings from TSIW:
• p. 1648-1662 Casebooks-Zora Neale Huston plus stories:
• “The Gilded Six-Bits” p. 652-
• “Spunk” p. 660-
• “Sweat” p. 664-
• "The Lottery" (Jackson) p. 693- plus Commentary: p. 1506-

Assignment for next session: Focus on Dialog
Write a sketch (3 to 5 pages) between 2 characters and use as much dialog as possible so that what needs to be conveyed will be done via dialog.

Sessions Six (April 11) and Seven (April 25)
Long Term Assignment:
Write a short story of about 20 to 40 pages.
You may use some of the sketches you have written and shape them into short story or you may write a new project.


Session Eight May Honors Colloquium:
You will read a section of your short story at the Honors Colloquium.
Place and Date in May to be announced.

Final: You will turn in your portfolio of written work and revisions; please come back to claim it.





MONTGOMERY COLLEGE
Department of English, Reading, Foreign Languages,
and the American English Language Program
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

HP251WA-Tutorial in Humanities: Creative Writing
Prof. Giron
Focus: Fiction/Nonfiction

When you turn in an assignment, please type (double spaced) and number each page of your work.
Use this format for identification:

Name
Assignment title
Prof. Giron
Date
Draft #

(For your second drafts, please underline or mark in some obvious way what you have changed from your first draft. Please spare me the time from reading what has not changed in your revisions.)

Please keep all of your work as I will collect your portfolio at the end of the semester, and it should include all written assignments and revisions. The portfolio will be returned in the early part of the next semester. If you do not come to collect your portfolio, it may be destroyed; so please keep a copy of everything you submit per the requirements of the course.





MONTGOMERY COLLEGE
Department of English, Reading, Foreign Languages,
and the American English Language Program
Takoma Park / Silver Spring Campus

HP251WA: Tutorial in Humanities: Creative Writing
Prof. Giron
Focus: Poetry


When you turn in an assignment, please type (double spaced) and number each page of your work.

Use this format for identification:

Name
Assignment title
Prof. Giron
Date
Draft #

(For your second drafts, please underline or mark in some obvious way what you have changed from your first draft. Please spare me the time from reading what has not changed in your revisions.)

Please keep all of your work as I will collect your portfolio at the end of the semester, and it should include all written assignments and revisions. The portfolio will be returned in the early part of the next semester. If you do not come to collect your portfolio, it may be destroyed; so please keep a copy of everything you submit per the requirements of the course. You will be asked to write the type of poems listed below and to share poems that you have written in the style you choose. You will be expected to edit your poems and your completed portfolio will include all poems written. Approximately 20 poems will be expected, plus revisions.


Please note that this is a tentative schedule. Any changes will be announced

Text for Poetry: Writing Poems (6th ed.) (read the entire book)

Poetic Forms:

Sessionn/Assignment One:
• The Acrostic
• see handout of “Discovering My Daughter”

Session/Assignment Two:
• The Haiku
• see handout of haiku samples

Session/Assignment Three:
• The Ballad:
• see handout of “Ballad of Birmingham”

Session/Assignment Four:
• The Free/Blank Verse:
• see handout of “Traveling through the Dark” and see p. 75 “Learning by Doing”

Session/Assignment Five:
• The Prose Poem:
• see p. 90 “Looking at a Dead Wren in My Hand” and see handout of “The Colonel”

Session/Assignment Six:
• The Sestina:
• see p. 119 “Famous Last Word” and see handout of “Bilingual Sestina”
• Villanelle:
• see p. 75 “The Payoff” and see handout of “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night”

Honors Colloquium:
You will read some of your poems at the Honors December Colloquium.
Date, place, and time to be announced.

Final:
You will turn in your portfolio of written work and revisions; please come back to claim it.