Thursday, November 21, 2013

Textbooks & 1st Assignments for Winter Quarter 2014


Creative Writing for the MFA/Adv Creative Writing/Adv Manuscript Analysis
IMF 515/518/580

Berzon, Scott –

1st class begins Monday, January 6th, 6pm-10pm, Cultural Center, Conference Room
              Cultural Center, Conference Room – Mondays, 6-10pm (2nd class meeting 1/13/2014)

1st Assignment:

Write a Literacy Narrative between 2-4 pages. Due by Monday, 1/6/14.

If you are unfamiliar with this essay form, there is a clear description of the genre, along with a student example, on this page from W. W. Norton:  

The relevant sections from this site to help with your assignment are also shown below.

From the student website for The Norton Field Guide to Writing (Bullock):

Creative Writing: An Introduction
David Starkey
Bedford St. Martin's
1st Edition, 2014
ISBN 9781457661679

Creative Nonfiction Workshop/The Personal Essay & Memoir/The Lyric Essay
IMF 545/546/547

Pryor, Andrew–

1st class begins Saturday, January 11th, 10am-2pm, Cultural Center, Room 306 (upstairs)
                 Cultural Center, Conference Room – Tuesdays, 6-10pm (2nd class meeting 1/16/2014)

1st Assignment:

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, 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.

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Adv. Studies in Journalism/Adv. Studies Narr Journalism/Adv. Journalism Readings
IMF 568/569/570

Allen, Kelli –

1st class begins Saturday, January 11th, at 10am-2pm in Cultural Center, Room 100
            Cultural Center, Conference Room – Wednesdays (2nd class meeting 1/15/2014)

1st Assignment:

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 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 1-33 from The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of  Literary Journalism, (Kerrane and Yagoda), read and be ready to discuss the readings.  Be prepared to write a brief in-class response to the readings as well.

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IMF 52500.OL1 Poetry Writing Workshop: Eve Jones
IMF 52900.OL1 Adv Studies Craft of Poetry: Catherine Rankovic
IMF 53900.OL1 Adv St Contemporary Fiction: Anthony Connolly  [Class is now FULL]
IMF 55600.OL1 Prose Collection/Richard Ford: Mary Anderson  [Class is now FULL]
IMF 56600.OL1 Narrative Journalism: Tony D’Souza [Class is now FULL]
IMF 53700.OL1 Selected Emphases in Fiction/Magical Realism: Eve Jones

TEXTBOOKS for Online Courses:

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*Do NOT log into Blackboard until Monday, January 13th —and you MUST post on Blackboard on 1/13*

On Monday, January 13, 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 13.

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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