New Creative Writing Course • Orientation Sessions

New Course: Advanced Creative Writing from Dr. Bruce McMenomy

From Dr. McMenomy’s course description:

This course is being offered in this form for the first time in the 2018-19 school year, and it is being developed in detail as we go along; it is loosely based on earlier creative writing courses offered through Scholars Online, but pitched at a more advanced level. This is reserved for strong writers who are reasonably confident that they will have the time and ability to complete its rigorous terms (including the completion of a 50,000 word novel in the month of November as part of NaNoWriMo — the National Novel Writing Month).

The overall plan of the class is slightly different from other Scholars Online classes. It will not have any regular class meetings, though some chat sessions may be set up if necessary to complete our goals. The bulk of our work will be done by means of asynchronous submissions to forums in the Moodle, and, if enrollment allows, a certain amount of mutual review and critique of works.

I strongly believe that the only real way to learn writing is to do it, and to do it a lot; I also believe that a course that is aimed at developing a productive capacity (like a writing or any other skills course) should issue in some actual positive product by the end of the year. If you are studying woodworking, you should wind up with some item or items of carpentry; if you’re studying cooking, you should generate something edible along the way. Accordingly, the student who participates fully in this course should have, by June, a novel, a play, and a poetic cycle to polish and perhaps submit for publication. Actually getting published is not, of course, a requirement of the course, but it would be nice, wouldn’t it?

At the strategic level, the course is broken down into three parts that loosely mirror (in reverse) the organization of Senior English: it will begin with a long unit focusing on the novel, followed by a transitional unit exploring dialogue specifically; this can be useful both for the novel and for dramatic writing, which will be our focus for the month of February. The student will complete a play by the middle of March. The last part of the class will be involved with poetry — there will be exercises in specific forms, and in the development of new forms as a way of shaping disciplined expression.

Each week, there will be a specific set of exercises to be completed and submitted through the Moodle forums. Those for September and October will have to do with defining the core elements of story, leading up to the blitz through the novel in November. The units immediately following are more focused on the kinds of things one might bring to bear to polish up a text that has been completed.

You can enroll now in this course at Scholars Online. Serious writers of all ages welcome!

Enrollment Deadlines

Remember that membership fees must be paid for students to receive their passwords and for both parents and students to have access to the Moodle. All registration and tuition fees must be paid in full before students will be allowed to attend chat sessions, unless you have made specific arrangements with the accounts office. Your parent Account Management Center invoice will show any outstanding fees or tuition.

Contact if you have any issues or questions about outstanding tuition or fees.

Chat and Policy Orientation Sessions

[If you have not yet paid your membership fees, you will not be able to attend orientation!]
  • Orientation to Scholars Online Chat and Moodle is a short introduction to the functions of our own special AJAX-powered HTML-enabled chat environment and our Moodle course delivery system. Learn how to get the most out of live chat so that you can fully participate in your classes, and how to navigate the Moodle to find your courses, assignments, grades, messages from teachers and other students, and post to forums and submit assignments. Returning students and all teachers: we’ve added a number of new features to chat, and we’ll also be demonstrating how to navigate the new Moodle theme, so join us!
    • Monday, 27 August, 8pm Eastern / 5pm Pacific
    • Wednesday, 29 August, 3pm Eastern / noon Pacific
    • Friday, 31 August , 11am Eastern / 8am Pacific
  • Policy Orientation sessions have also been scheduled to allow parents and students to meet with Scholars Online administrators and teachers in live chat. We will go over expectations for communicating with parents, plagiarism and cheating policies, and answer any questions you may have about administrative policies and course expectations. Returning parents and students are also welcome to come and share their SO stories!

    • Tuesday 28 August, 8PM Eastern / 5pm Pacific
    • Wednesday 29 August, 8PM Eastern / 5pm Pacific

To attend orientation sessions, log into the Moodle with your Scholars Online userid and password, click on the “Sign up for orientation” link in the upper left-hand corner of your personal home page, then select the Chat link you wish to review or attend. Chats are only open during the times specified.

If you are unable to attend a session, you may still review logs from earlier sessions.

Course Syllabi Available

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Dr. Bruce A. McMenomy • Dr. Christe A. McMenomy

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