Friday, February 22, 2013

LU MFA Spring 2013 First Assignments & Textbooks


Adv. Focused Fiction Workshop/Spec Topics Focused Workshop/Adv Studies Contemp Fiction
IMF 53200.80/IMF 54100.80/IMF 53900.80

1st class begins Saturday, April 13th, at 10am-2pm in Cultural Center, Room 307 (upstairs)
Remainder of quarter (beginning 4/17): Cultural Center Conference Room – Wednesdays 6-10pm

First Assignment (bring to class on Sat. 4/13):

Your first assignment for this course consists of two parts:

1. Please email me a 1-2 page personal essay telling me what type of prose you enjoy writing (fiction, short memoir, journalism, poetry), how you would describe your writing aesthetic, and a few of your favorite authors and books. If you are published, where and in what genera? What events in your life brought you to writing? Please be certain I have these short essays at least three days prior to our first class meeting on Saturday. Be warned that I may read some of your essays, or have you read them, aloud to the class.

2. Please have pages xi-6 in Field Guide to Writing: Flash Fiction ed Tara L. Masih read and ready for discussion

1. Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction, Tara Masih, Rose Metal Press, 2009, ISBN 9780978984861
2. New Sudden Fiction: Short-Short Stories, Robert Shapard & James Thomas, WW Norton, 2007, ISBN 9780393328011

Adv. Studies in Nonfiction/Adv St Personal Essay & Memoir/Adv Studies Contemp Fiction
IMF 54800.80/IMF 54900.80/IMF 55000.80

1st class begins Saturday, April 13th, at 10am-2pm in Cultural Center, Rm 306 (upstairs)
Remainder of quarter (beginning 4/16): Cultural Center Conference Room – Tuesdays 6-10pm

First Assignment (bring to class on Sat. 4/13):

I would like you to read chapters (12) "The Particular Challenges of Creative Nonfiction" and (13) "The Basics of Good Writing in Any Form" in Tell It Slant (pages 145-177).

For your first writing exercise, I would like you to do exercise 2 on page 177 and bring it with you to class. These should be typed with standard MLA headers, double-spaced, and in Times New Roman font.

1. Tell It Slant, Brenda Miller, McGraw-Hill, 2012, ISBN 9780071781770
2. Best American Essays, Robert Atwan, Mariner Books, 2012, ISBN 9780547840093
3. The Situation and the Story, Vivian Gornick; Farrar, Strauss & Giroux; 2002, ISBN 9780374528584


*Do NOT log into Blackboard until Monday, April 15—and you MUST post on Blackboard on 4/15*
On Monday, April 15, 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, April 15.

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


IMF 52300.OL1 Focused Nonfiction Workshop--Mary Anderson:
Writing About Your Life, William Zinsser, DaCapo Press, 2004, ISBN 9781569243794

IMF 52900.OL1 Adv Studies Craft of Poetry--Catherine Rankovic:
Next Word, Better Word; Stephen Dobyns, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, ISBN 9780230621800

IMF 53800.OL1 Adv Fiction Workshop--Tony D’Souza:
The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien, Mariner Books, ISBN 0618706410

IMF 54100.OL1 Spec Topics Focused Workshop--Eve Jones:
Great American Prose Poems, David Lehman, Scribner, 2003, ISBN 9780743243506

IMF 55600.OL1 Prose Collection: Fiction--Beth Mead
Our Story Begins, Tobias Wolff, Vintage, 2008, ISBN 9781400095971

IMF 55600.OL2 Prose Collection: Personal Essay--Beth Mead
When You Are Engulfed in Flames, David Sedaris, Back Bay, 2008, ISBN 9780316154680

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