Monday, October 29, 2012

First Assignments for Winter 2013 Classes

Textbooks are listed HERE.

Confessional Poetry Cluster--Julia Gordon-Bramer:
1st class: Saturday, January 12, 10am, Room 110
2nd class: Monday, January 14, 6pm, Cultural Center Conference Room

First assignment:
Please send an email introducing yourself, telling me about why you chose to enroll in this course and what you hope to learn. Please be sure to include mention of your favorite poets of any era, confessional or otherwise, and why. I would also like you to attach (or cut and paste) a favorite of one of your own original poems, with comments on why you feel it is representative of your work, and notes about anything you were going for artistically, stylistically, thematically, etc.

Journal Editing Cluster--Beth Mead:
1st class: Saturday, January 12, 10am, Room 106
2nd class: Saturday, January 19, 10am, Cultural Center Conference Room

First assignment:
The instructor will email reading materials and instructions for your first class meeting.

Advanced Fiction Cluster--David Hollingsworth:
1st class: TUESDAY, JANUARY 8, 6pm, Cultural Center Conference Room
[NO class meeting on Saturday, January 12]
2nd class: Tuesday, January 15, 6pm, Cultural Center Conference Room

First Assignment:
Where are you going? Where have you been?
Please write 2 pages or so detailing (somewhat) who you are as a writer. I’d like to know what made you write in the first place, how your writing has changed/matured/etc. over the years, and where you see yourself going in the future. If you have specific goals for this cluster, please feel free to share them. We’ll be reading these out loud during the first session as a way of getting to know one another before the workshop begins.

IMF 51900.OL1 Adv Fiction Genres--Scott Berzon
IMF 52500.OL1 Poetry Writing Workshop--Eve Jones
IMF 52600.OL1 Craft of Poetry--Mary Anderson
IMF 53500.OL1 Fiction Writing Workshop--Tony D’Souza
IMF 54600.OL1 The Personal Essay & Memoir--Catherine Rankovic
IMF 54700.OL1 The Lyric Essay--Eve Jones

*Do NOT log into Blackboard until Monday, January 14, and you MUST post on 1/14*

On Monday, January 14, log into Blackboard (see instructions below), click on your course name, and then click on the FIRST ASSIGNMENT menu tab at the left of the screen. You will click on the discussion board link and post a statement in the discussion indicating that you were able to log in to Blackboard successfully. This MUST be done on Monday, January 14.

Then you will click on the GETTING STARTED menu tab at the left of the screen and read the course content indicated (Class Requirements, etc.).

Then you will click on the WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS menu tab at the left of the screen, and then click on Week 1. There you will see all of your assignments for the first week of class and their due dates. Online students are required to post/participate on Blackboard three times per week.

Each week during the quarter, you will click on WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS and then on the appropriate week’s folder to view the assignments and due dates for the week.

If you have any questions or problems, you can contact the instructor at the email address listed above, or you can click on Help at the top of the screen (the question mark icon) to contact the Lindenwood Online Support Center.

Instructions for Logging in to Blackboard for Online Classes:
• Go to
• Hover your mouse over Blackboard in the white bar at the top of the screen
• Click on Access Blackboard
• Log in with the same user ID and password you use for your Lionmail account (if you have not activated your Lionmail account, go to, hover over Email at the top of the screen, and click on Find Your Username; follow the instructions to get your user ID and password)
• Once you are logged in, click on your course name to enter the class site
• If you have any problems, click on Help at the top of the Log In page or contact your instructor

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Journal Editing at the Boone Home

This fall, our journal editing class is discussing submissions to Issue 3 of The Lindenwood Review at the Historic Daniel Boone Home. Editorial assistants Cathy Essner, Virginia Newell, and Leca Barker have taken photographs of the village for possible inclusion in our journal. Here are some of our favorites:

photos by Cathy Essner: 

photos by Virginia Newell:

photos by Leca Barker:

photos by Beth:

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fall MFA Reading

Join us on Thursday, November 8, at 7:30pm, in the Lindenwood University Cultural Center auditorium, for our Fall MFA Reading. Lindenwood University MFA in Writing Program alumni and soon-to-be graduates will read from their fiction and poetry. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public.

Readers: Pat Feeney, Dena Molen, Mary Caldwell, Jenn Cowgill, Doug Wallace, and Dacia Wilkinson.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Winter 2013 Class Schedule

Winter registration begins November 12. Beth's registration appointment schedule can be viewed HERE. Email Beth to set an appointment. Fully online MFA students should email Beth any day during registration, beginning 11/12, to register for courses with her via email. All other students must meet in person with Beth to register.

LU MFA Class Schedule for Winter Quarter 2013:

9-credit in-class clusters:
Confessional Poetry--Mondays--Julia Gordon-Bramer (first class Sat. 1/12, 2nd class Mon. 1/14)

Adv Fiction--Tuesdays--David Hollingsworth (first class Tue. 1/8; no class on Sat. 1/12)

Journal Editing II: Production--Saturdays--Beth Mead (first class Sat. 1/12)

3-credit online classes:
online classes start Mon. 1/14 (first assignment due in Blackboard on Mon. 1/14)
Adv Fiction Genres--Scott Berzon
Fiction Writing Workshop--Tony D'Souza
The Personal Essay & Memoir--Catherine Rankovic
The Lyric Essay--Eve Jones
Poetry Writing Workshop--Eve Jones
Craft of Poetry--Mary Anderson


Adv Fiction Genres
(1 of 2) Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction Oates, Joyce Carol & Beha, Christopher Harper Perennial 2008 2008 9780061661587
(2 of 2) Making Shapely Fiction Stern, Jerome WW Norton 1991 9780393321241

Fiction Writing Workshop
On Becoming a Novelist Gardner, John WW Norton 1999 9780393320039

The Personal Essay & Memoir
Creating Nonfiction Bradway, Becky & Hesse, Douglas Bedford St. Martins 1st 2009 9780312447069

The Lyric Essay
Writing Creative Nonfiction Gerard, Philip Story Press 2001 9781884910500

Poetry Writing Workshop
No Textbook Required

Craft of Poetry
(1 of 2) Poet's Companion: A Guide Addonizio, Kim WW Norton 1997 9780393316544
(2 of 2) Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry McClatchy, J.D. Vintage Books 2nd 2003 9781400030934


(1 of 3) Ariel: The Restored Edition Plath, Sylvia Harper Perennial Modern Classics 2005 9780060732608
(2 of 3) Life Studies and For the Union Dead (FSG Classics) Lowell, Robert Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1st 2007 9780374530969
(3 of 3) The Complete Poems: Anne Sexton Sexton, Anne Mariner Books 1st 1999 9780395957769

(1 of 2) By Cunning & Craft Selgin, Peter F+W Publications 2007 9781582974910
(2 of 2) Best New American Voices 2010 Shapiro, Dani Mariner 2009 9780156034258

Issue 2 of The Lindenwood Review