New College of Florida
20319 Intro. to Creative Writing: Performance, Politics, and Poetry.
M-R, 3:30-4:50pm, Room: CFA 212
Prof: Nick Carbó
email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Office hours: PMD 215, Tuesday 2-5pm, and by appointment.
The Spoken Word Revolution: Slam, Hip Hop, and the Poetry of a New Generation with CD included. Edited by Mark Eleveld, (Source Books, 2003). ISBN: 1402200374
Humor Me: An Anthology of Humor by Writers of Color. Edited by John McNally, (University of Iowa Press, 2002).
Kinky by Denise Duhamel (Orchises Press, 1997)
1. The work itself. The main focus of a creative writing class is the writing, objects, and visual texts produced by the students. I expect each one of you to have completed 10 finished and finely crafted poems/visual texts by the end of term. You will participate in several in-class writing exercises that will hone your sense of craft, expand your imagination, and lead you to explore various forms of creative written and visual expression. The work generated through these exercises will also be used for discussion to be submitted the next week. There can be no excuse for not having any work to submit to class. An unfinished piece can have many possibilities.
2. Final project. You must complete a final poetry/visual text project that will count heavily towards your final grade. The project can consist of designing and producing your own chapbook of poetry, creating a World Wide Web site with your poems, or making a 5-10 minute performance video of your poems. The project has to be done this semester for this particular class. Previous work for other classes does not qualify.
3. Reading assignments. The class will have its own blog space where students will post their responses to the assigned books. Posts should be at least three paragraphs in length. This will be a major part of your grade. The class blog is: http://pepopo.blogspot.com
4. Attendance. You may have three absences (excused or unexcused). Your final grade is heavily determined by your presence in class. Constant tardiness will be considered an absence. So, two late marks are equal to one absence. Coming in 30 minutes late and acting like nothing is wrong with that means you are obviously in denial that you will soon earn an F (not satisfactory) for the class. Being present for attendance at the start of class then leaving the class for periods longer than 10 minutes will be considered an absence. After two absences you will get an automatic F for the class. Don’t blame the professor for giving you an F because of tardiness of absences. You can earn an F as well as earn an A for the class. You are responsible for keeping track of your own absences.
5. Annoying cell phone ringing in class will earn you an F for the day.