please extend this to 9 pages and write a reflective essay –

please extend this to 9 pages and write a reflective essay –

Required contents

  • A “final draft” of your story or poetry
    • Try to keep your story/poetry’s final draft under 20 pages. Fiction should be double spaced. Poems should be single spaced but with space in between each so it’s clear where they end/begin. Try to give titles to each poem, too.
  • A reflective essay
    • 4-6 pages, double spaced and with MLA formatting (heading, title, etc.)
  • Optional: any other additional exercises, rough drafts, or other writing that directly led to your final story/poetry

“Final Draft”

You’ll notice that the word “final” is in quotations, here. That means that your final draft doesn’t need to be THE final draft of your work, since it’s nearly impossible to develop a complete, polished draft in only a few weeks. Instead, think of your final draft as a strong revision of your most recent rough draft that you’d continue to revise if time permitted.

Note: while your “final” draft doesn’t need to be FINAL, it does need to be as complete as you can possibly make it: it should have beginning, middle and end, be as well-written as you can possibly make it, and be properly formatted and free of any errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

As the syllabus states, I will not grade you based on my personal creative preferences. Instead, I’ll look for strong evidence that you’ve actively engaged in the development of your story/poems. This evidence will include revisions of elements of craft in your work, the general sense I get that you’ve applied your knowledge of writing craft to make careful, deliberate choices in your work, and how much your work has progressed toward a completed draft. The contents of your reflective essay may also influence how I grade your creative work, since that essay will also show me evidence of the above criteria.

Reflective Essay

Write an essay that reflects on the writing process behind your creative work. I will use this essay to help me determine your grade on your “final” draft. The essay will be graded on how well you follow through on the requirements described below. In general, I’m looking for detailed answers to ALL of the prompts that clearly illustrate strong knowledge of the vocabulary terms and concepts we’ve learned throughout the semester. I’m also looking for an essay (not a freewriting exercise, or story, or poem, or Q&A) that is well-organized, focused, and free of errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

Your essay should address all of the items listed below. There’s more than one way to organize these items into a coherent essay, so use your creative thinking skills to explore your options. Just be sure that:

  1. Your final product is focused, well-organized, and coherent
  2. It addresses all of the prompts below
  3. You consistently illustrate and apply your knowledge of course vocabulary and concepts while addressing the prompts.

Essay prompts:

  1. Where did your story/poetry come from? What specific things did you use from your Alien Anthropology, Creator’s Subject, or other course writing to generate the idea or subject of your story/poetry? How did you move from those original snippets of writing to a story/poetry idea to the story/poetry itself?
  2. What discourse community does your work speak to, or for? What subject, issue, or conversation might your work contribute to within that discourse community? Be as specific as possible, here; I’m looking for detail and insight into how your work fits into a larger, already ongoing conversation within an established discourse community.
  3. Describe the most significant revisions you made in your work, and the thinking behind those revisions (why you made the choices that you did, what you were experimenting with, or what you hoped to accomplish through your revisions). One thing you could do for this subtopic is look back at the workshop responses you received, and describe how/why you did/did not use those responses (this may include instructor feedback, too).
  4. Describe the craft elements in your work that give it the most impact, and what you were trying to accomplish by using those craft elements the way you did. (This is where you show off your knowledge of writing craft, so use vocabulary terms you’ve learned, and be detailed with them. I encourage you to look back at the information on craft elements you’ll find within our Canvas site. Examine and reflect on how your knowledge and skills with writing craft have evolved over our semester together, and how your knowledge/skills of craft elements are illustrated in your creative work.)
  5. In general, how did the writing process work for you? What challenges did you face as you wrote and revised? What risks did you take? What did you learn from any “mistakes” you made? What worked well for you? (This is where you should use vocabulary terms and concepts about creativity that we covered at the beginning of this course.)
  6. Explain the specific revisions you could make to your final draft in order to further complete it after our class ends, and why you think these revisions would make your story/poetry truly finished and effective.
  7. Imagine situations where skills in creative thinking/innovation might be useful or necessary in your academic discipline or career field. What concepts or skills from ENG 226 can you apply in those situations to help you solve problems, answer complicated questions, or innovate new ideas or solutions? (Look through the readings and exercises from the early weeks of our class to find specific ideas, skills, activities, etc., that can help you address this question. This prompt will ask you to use both critical and creative skills to apply what you’ve learned in our class to life outside of class. Creative Writing really does build skills beyond storytelling and poetry!)