: final potfolio
English 345-01 Dr. Rosalind Buckton-Tucker
Creative Writing Fall Semester 2014
FINAL PORTFOLIO (40 marks)
The portfolio should include three long pieces and two short ones, as follows:
SECTION A: ESSAY: SELF-CRITIQUE (10 marks) – to be completed by everyone
This self-critiqueacts as an introduction to your portfolio and precedes the creative work. This is a piece of reflective writing in which you assess the progress of your writing over the semester. My comments on completed assignments may be of help in this respect. The aims of this essay include, but are not limited to, the following:
· to introduce your own work and explain your preferences as regards genre of writing, style and choice of topics
· to describe your perception of your development as a writer, and of your understanding of the creative process
· to comment on particular exercises which you have found helpful or otherwise
· to mention specific problems you have had, e.g. with choice of content and/or techniques, and how you attempted to overcome them
· to comment on the impact of sharing your work with others in workshop sessions (if applicable) and of discussing others’ work
· to say how you anticipate continuing the creative process in the future.
The essay should be in some depth and should analyse your experience in the course as fully as possible. What you include and how you organize it is your choice; the above is just a guideline as to the approach to take. You should write about 800-1000 words.
SECTION B: SHORT STORIES (10 marks each)
Choose two of the following options:
- Write a short story of 1000-1500 words. Create your own title. The protagonist should be either Abdul in Christine Weston’s short story “The Mangoes are Gone” or the woman in Jenny Joseph’s poem “Warning” or the mother in “The Ballad of Birmingham”. The other elements of the story are up to you, but you should try to make it as original and creative as possible, while drawing on the content of the story or poem for ideas.
- Write a short story of 1000-1500 words on the topic “The Decision”. You can use this as the title or create your own.
- Write a short story of 1000-1500 words on a topic of your own choice. This story should be discussed in a workshop or peer-reviewed prior to submission and then revised. You should submit both the original and the revised version in your portfolio).
- Rewrite one of your previous stories in order to improve and change it in accordance with your own hindsight and my comments. Again, if you choose this option the original story should be discussed in a workshop or peer-reviewed before the rewriting, and you should submit both the original and the revised version. (This option is open only for stories which received a grade of B- or below, i.e. 8 out of 10, 12 out of 15, 16 out of 20.)
SECTION C: SHORTER EXERCISES (5 marks each)
Choose two of the following options:
- Write a poem on the topic of either change or nostalgia. The style and content are up to you, but you should try to show your awareness of how poetry can differ from fiction in its use of language, and how meaning needs to be concentrated in relatively few words. The poem should be at least 20-30 lines in length.
- Write a poem on a topic about which you feel strongly, with the intention, for example, of raising awareness, exposing injustice, or encouraging action. The instructions are as for the poem in Question 1.
- Write a short story of 500-700 words based on a memory from your childhood. Your character(s) should include a child as the protagonist. The point of view can be either1st or 3rd person. The story should convey the sense of a child’s perception of life.
- Write a non-fictional creative essay of 500-700 words about a possession which is precious to you. You should describe it and mention, for example, how you acquired the possession, why it is significant, how you use or display it and what emotions or inspiration it creates (as applicable).
Portfolios should be printed in a plain font such as Times New Roman or Arial, 12 pt. Include a title page with your name and student number, the course details, the title Final Portfolio and the due date. State the section and number and provide a word count for each piece. Please supply a hard copy and also enter your portfolio in Turnitin as a single file.
ASSESSMENT will be based on the following (as relevant to fiction, non-fiction or poetry):
· Choice and use of point of view
· Ability to create a plot and structure which engage the reader
· Development of characters and interaction between them
· Realistic dialogue that helps portray the characters
· Ability to develop and present a theme
· Use of setting and atmosphere
· Use of language: tone, register, imagery, vocabulary, etc.
· Correct spelling, grammar and syntax.
· Ability to edit work as necessary