Syllabus

Michael Stewart
Office: English Building, Room 338
Office Hours: By appointment
Email: mhs@brown.edu

Summation:

Through a series of assignments, drills, and workshops we will look at how digital tools and environments can enrich, as well as challenge, our traditional narrative strategies.

Prerequisite: ENGL 0110, 0130, 0160, 0180, or any 1000-level nonfiction writing course. Class list will be reduced to 17 after writing samples are reviewed during the first week of classes. Preference will be given to English concentrators. Banner registrations after classes begin require instructor approval. S/NC.

Required Texts:

All readings can be found on this site.

Course Requirements:

The principle work in this class will be divided into three short assignments based on various digital tools and one longer project taken through several iterations and brought to a publishable condition. The assignments will be vauge and often offer two or three prompts. We will critique each assignment in class, which will require that you are ready to present your story in a timely (5 minutes or so) way. Included with your completed assignment should be a history of its development recorded on your project page.

Drills and free-writes are good. The goal of these drills and assignments is to push your creativity, to explore avenues you otherwise would not have had the license or time to discover on your own.

Readings. The readings come in three flavors: creative, theoretical, and divergent (and the best, like Neapolitan ice-cream, are all three). They are intended to expose you to a variety of narrative opportunities and to develop your talents as a critical reader. You will be expected to share with the class the questions, insights, and observations you have made.

Attendance Policy:

Note that this class is a workshop—not a lecture—and as such your participation is essential. Let me be clear, being in your seat does not constitute attendance you are expected to be engaged in the classroom conversation and your assignments must be turned in on time. If you miss a day then you need to be in contact with me, if you miss two you will not recieve credit for the course.

Plagiarism:

To quote the university’s Academic Code:

Students who submit academic work that uses others’ ideas, words, research, or images without proper attribution and documentation are in violation of the academic code. Infringement of the academic code entails penalties ranging from reprimand to suspension, dismissal, or expulsion from the University.

Assignment Guidelines:

Short Assignments. On a project page, you will need to document the process of each short assignment from the initial sketches to the final product. Each assignment, as well as the link to your project page, is to be turned into me via email before class. If the project cannot be shipped electronically—it is a physical product, or some other such—just explain in the email.

Project Page. I would like—that could be read require—you to maintain a small blog, tumblr or other web-home to collect the process and products of your assignments. Once you have set up the page, please email me a link. I will set up a directory so that the class can view and comment on everyone’s work.

Conferences. I encourage you to reach out and conference with me. I am available to discuss your projects in their inception, progression, or to critique your finished work. To set up a conference you only need to email me so that we can decide on a mutually convenient time. It helps if you can give me a clear idea of what you want to work on before we meet. As for critiques of any sort, I need you to email me the piece in question at least a day before our conference so that I have the time needed to review and annotate.

Emails. When you email me please put "dn" in the subject line followed by the subject. Doing so makes it easier to sort through the emails and reply in a timely fashion as well as insuring that your message is not filtered out as junk mail.
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