Overview: Journal activities in this course are private between you and the instructor. A course journal is generally made up of many individual assignments. The journals in this course will help to prepare you for the final project, the writer’s toolkit.
In this final project, you will select creative writing styles and techniques that you believe will be most effective in both expressing your goals as a writer and reaching the audiences you plan to target in your work.
Prompt: Whether it is a work of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or drama (onstage or on screen), many writers approach storytelling by thinking about premise. No matter where your story begins on the page, you should ask yourself the question of “Why now?” Essentially: What “new” situation is the character in that makes a story worth telling?
Typically, this is related to the concept of a moment of change or crisis. Your task in this journal is to compose a short story, nonfiction essay (or part of one), poem, or excerpt from a screenplay depicting the moment a character’s “regular” life is changed or disrupted by a crisis.
In a follow-up explanation of two to four sentences, you should articulate why this crisis moment or change is particularly disruptive to your chosen character. Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
Guidelines for Submission: Submit the journal assignment as a Word document with double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, and one-inch margins.
Your journal assignment should be 10 to 50 lines for poetry, 500 to 1000 words for fiction/nonfiction, or 2 to 4 pages of screenwriting.
Critical Elements Exemplary (100%) Proficient (90%) Needs Improvement (70%) Not Evident (0%) Value Creative Work Meets “Proficient” criteria and
provides exceptional detail in depicting the crisis and its impact on the character
Crafts a short story, piece of nonfiction, poem, or screenplay excerpt in which the character’s life is changed or disrupted by a crisis
Crafts a short story, piece of nonfiction, poem, or screenplay excerpt but creative work lacks a character whose life is changed or disrupted by a crisis
Does not craft a short story, piece of nonfiction, poem, or screenplay excerpt
Critical Elements Exemplary (100%) Proficient (90%) Needs Improvement (70%) Not Evident (0%) Value Explanation Meets “Proficient” criteria and
provides exceptional detail in explaining the connection between the crisis and the character, and uses detail from the creative work to support explanation
Explains the connection between the moment of change and how it impacts the character
Explains the connection between the moment of change and how it impacts the character, but explanation is unclear, incomplete, or lacks support
Does not explain the connection between the moment of change and how it impacts the character
Articulation of Response
Entry is free of errors in organization and grammar
Entry is mostly free of errors of organization and grammar; errors are marginal and rarely interrupt the flow
Entry contains errors of organization and grammar, but errors are limited enough so that entry can be understood
Entry contains errors of organization and grammar making the entry difficult to understand