Monday, May 20, 2013

Summer 2013 First Assignments

Instructors' course descriptions are available here. Textbooks are listed here.


Kelli Allen--Poetry Cluster (begins Sat. July 13, 10am, in room 306; then on Tuesdays in the LUCC conference room)
Contemporary Poetry: Form, Theory, Workshop
Your first assignment for this course consists of two parts:

1. Please email me (kallen [at] a 1-2 page personal essay telling me what type of writer you consider yourself (fiction writer, short memoir writer, journalist, poet), and how you would describe your writing aesthetic. Please list a few of your favorite authors and books. If you are published, where and in what genre? What events in your life brought you to writing? If you have a favorite poet, tell me about who and why—feel free to include a few lines from this poet. 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 2 poems (not your own) printed and ready to share with the class. Choose poems you wish you had written or that you just love (for any reason). Be ready to discuss the poems you bring. Also read the essay in this link and be ready to discuss:

Mark George--Fiction Cluster (begins Sat. July 13, 10am, in room 307; then on Thursdays in the LUCC conference room)
Please read “The Hermit’s Story” by Rick Bass, which can be found in the Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction on page 22. As you read the story, try and focus on identifying specific techniques that you can see the author using as he tells his story. Think about the choices Rick Bass makes about character, setting, point of view, tone, pace, etc. After you have read the story through at least twice, please write a page or two describing the techniques you observe in action and determine whether or not you think those choices serve the story well. In particular, I would like you to try and determine the point at which the story turns. Often the writer makes a particular choice at a particular moment in the story that suddenly deepens the reader’s understanding of the deep meaning of the plot. Try to identify that moment in the Bass story.


*Do NOT log into Blackboard until Monday, July15—and you MUST post on Blackboard on 7/15*
On Monday, July 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, July 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 (email Beth if you need your instructor's email address), or you can click on Help in Blackboard 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

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