“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”
― Stephen King.
Short Story Writing
Professor Darla Grant
Professor Christina Jorgensen
Professor Alyssa Rose
Professor Andrea Ross
Despite a passion for creative writing, many people refuse to identify themselves as writers. There are a number of misconceptions about writing including the idea that a true writer is one who is published by a publishing house. This course seeks to change that narrow view of writers. The writer is a person who finds joy or purpose in writing and endeavors to write often.
This course will engage students with the writing process through activities on writing techniques like tone, point of view, and writing in active voice. Students will interact with each other to brainstorm story ideas and develop a storyboard to begin writing.
The hallmark of any writer is that they write and write often. Students will write often and collaborate with other writers in class to develop a 15 -20 page story that will be published online at the end of the course. This course will use social media and other technologies to help writers create a useful archive of resources and create a network of similar-minded writers. Students will leave the course with a story they publish to an online website and skills to continue writing.
- Identify resources to facilitate personal creative writing.
- Create networks and collaborate with other writers through technology.
- Evaluate classmate’s stories and provide peer feedback for improvement.
- Participate in online discussions and activities to create meaningful connections with writers and
enhance your own writing.
- Explore technologies to facilitate writing and enhance the creative process.
- Write a story.
- Publish a creative story to an online publishing site.
Performance and Participation Expectations
This is an online course, so students are expected to have a computer with reliable access to the internet. Basic computer and internet skills will be assumed for participation in this course. Students should be able to navigate the internet with some ease and be familiar with language related to the internet.
Participation is a large part of the course expectations. As students will be collaborating online, your participation is needed to complete group assignments. You aren’t expected to have all the answers, but you are expected to participate by offering meaningful suggestions and completing assignments on time. Student performance will be assessed using the followingparticipation expectations:
Student participates in all online activities
The online activities include the use of the bookmarking site to share resources, brainstorming via social media, the creation of your storyboard, and discussion via the main platform and blog posts to your peers.
Students will offer feedback to other writers in their groups to help everyone improve on writing techniques. Feedback is a critical component of this course so students must be prepared to read and evaluate their own writing and the writing of other students.
Write a story
This is a writing course so student participation includes writing. Be prepared to write 1-2 pages weekly to have a completed story by the end of the course. You will post your own writing for peer feedback and complete revisions and edits based on your own observations and the feedback you receive.
Here is the assessment rubric. You will be collecting badges as you proceed through the class. Badges are worth XP points that will all be added together as you work through the course.
Course Set-up and Process
This course is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). We have chosen to deliver the course in this format because the MOOC will attract all types of users through the open platform and allow students to use familiar technology to complete course objectives and assignments. The technology and collaboration
aspects of the MOOC will enhance student engagement and encourage participation.
Read through the material on this page. Visit the Social Media Policy Page and Course Technology Page and set up accounts with all the social media and other sites we are using during the course. Then, go to the Edmodo group, complete your profile, and introduce yourself to the group. Also, review the first four assignments in the Edmodo forum to prepare for the first few weeks of class. Don't forget to check the Edmodo Library for great resources!