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Revision Date: 19-Jul-24

Fall 2024 | ENG-2120-VO02 - Creative Writing: Poetry

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 17 (as of 07-19-24 8:05 PM)
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Susan Sanders
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Cindy Swanson

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Arts & Aesthetics
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

Introduction to fundamental techniques of writing poetry including imitation, creation, adaptation of verse forms, control of meaning, language choice, and revision and polishing. Participants will be expected to contribute original work for study.

Essential Objectives

1. Analyze works of poetry in order to imitate, adapt, and further understand the craft.
2. Begin to analyze personal strengths and weaknesses.
3. Practice writing and revising poetry in a variety of verse forms.
4. Arrive at final drafts of their own work, based on preparation and consideration of numerous drafts.
5. Present poetry orally.
6. Employ and identify figurative uses of language such as image, metaphor, and personification, and poetic devices such as rhyme, sound, rhythm, and conscious word choice to inform the meaning of selected poems.
7. Submit a final portfolio of selected work which demonstrates a commitment to practice and revision.
8. Describe the cultural and historical context of selected works of poetry and explore the impact of global and/or cultural diversity on the development of the artform.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

*** This is a low cost ($50 or less) textbook or resource class.
This class may require purchase of supplies or materials that are not available through the CCV bookstore. ***

ENG-2120-VO02 Link to Textbooks/Resources Information for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Evaluation Criteria

30 points: Weekly Discussion Threads/Blogs

20 points: Drafts of poems

20 points: Mid-Term essay reflection

10 points: Final essay reflection

20 points: Revised poems

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Introductions to the class and each other


1. View My event --welcome video

2. Read Poetry syllabus which is a word.doc attachment in Course Resources

3. Read over Discussion forum overview grading criteria rubric is a word.doc attachment in Course Resources

4. Read The Reading for Week # 1, the link is included in week # 1 module titles: Reading for week # 1

5. Post in the discussion thread 1st post by Thursday, please!

6. Post draft of poem using one of the examples from Pinsky's essay or photo of Oregon coast

7. View Amy Tan TED talk



The Family

  1. Read pgs. 19- 38 in The Poet’s Companion aka TPC
  2. Post in the discussion thread
  3. Chose a time for office hours via Zoom in the discussion thread
  4. Post draft of poem to family member or friend a memory narrative
  5. View TED talk


Death and Grief

  1. Please read pgs. 39-45 in TPC
  2. Post in discussion thread
  3. Poet poem on Death and Grief
  4. View TED talk
  5. Read Marie Howe's poem


Exploring your voice

  1. Please read pgs. 56-63 in TPC
  2. Read the citations link and look up the MLA citation format when citing lines from poems
  3. Post in the discussion thread, workshop this week
  4. Post poem based on one of the exercises on pages 62-63 in TPC
  5. Read the poem in Poetry.org link


Image, metaphor and personification

  1. Please read pgs. 64-84 in TPC
  2. Post in the discussion thread
  3. Post draft of poem from exercise examples on page 79 -80. Your choice!
  4. View Films on Demand Video


Ryhme and its power in the poem

  1. Please read pgs. 85-103 in TPC
  2. Post poem, exercise using line breaks
  3. View films on demand video of Pablo Neruda


Music and the line

  1. Please read pgs. 104-114 in TPC
  2. Post in discussion thread and read the 3 links of examples of lyric poems
  3. Post mid-term reflection essay based the above 2 Learning objectives
    (2-3 pages, MLA formatted, typed and double spaced with examples from the TPC and your poems)


Poet's workshop

  1. Please read pgs. 115-137 in TPC
  2. Post in discussion thread, workshop
  3. Post poem based on one of the following prompts, 9, 10, 11 or 12 from page 128


Meter and ryhme

  1. Please read pgs. 138-170 in TPC
  2. Post in discussion thread
  3. Post poem
  4. View video


Workshop, part 2

  1. Please read pgs. 171-185 in TPC
  2. Post in the discussion thread, last workshop!
  3. Post poem


Revision and haikus


1. Please read pgs. 186-194 in TPC

2. Post in discussion thread
3. Post haiku poems 2-3
4. Start revision on poems for portfolio
5. View video


Reflection on craft


1. Please read pgs. 195- 203 in TPC

2. Post in discussion thread

3. Continue working on revision of poems and start reflection essay for portfolio



Poet's Resources


1. Please read pgs. 204- 222 in TPC

2. Read over the directions in week # 14 links for both the essay and the poems, read the prompts and the rubric before composing

3. View YuJa instructional video for our virtual poetry reading next week, thanks to Ginger Gellman's assistance!

4. Post in the discussion thread

5. Work on revision of your poems for portfolio and the reflective essay

5. View Films on Demand video



Live readings

  1. Post your portfolio, poems and reflection essay both as separate word documents in their respective links
  2. Read pgs. 217-224 in TPC
  3. Post in the discussion thread which will be a self recording of you reading your 3 strongest poems in Yuja (no more than 3 please)


Reflection on class

  1. Reflect on the ground you have gained this semester and post in the discussion thread
  2. Complete the final evaluations on this class3
  3. Next steps

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

Attending the class includes posting in the weekly discussion threads in a timely manner, and making meaningful connections (posts) to ones' peers. This is important for a high score and an integral part of online learning.

There will be two workshops which focus solely on "workshopping" your peers poems. You will be required to post your poem early and then give constructive feedback to at least two of your peers poems.

You will be compiling a collection of 10-12 poems (no more than 14 pages) and working on one poem a week for the first 3/4 of the semester. You are expected to be revising these poems based on my feedback and the feedback from your peers.

You will be writing two narrative essays which are reflections on the creative process and influences which demonstrate insight and growth.

Missing & Late Work Policy

It is important to attend every class but sometimes, life happens. Please note that missing more than 2 weeks of class will lowered your overall and grade. If you miss 3 classes it is unlikely that you will pass.

I do not accept late work unless you contact me prior to the due date and have a medical reason for this extension. A one week extension may be granted at my descretion.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.