ALAMANCE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
English 126, Creative Writing II
3 Credit Hours - 3 Contact Hours
Course Objectives: This course is designed as a workshop approach for advancing
imaginative and literary skills. Emphasis is placed on the discussion of style, techniques,
and challenges for first publications. Upon completion, students should be able to submit a
piece of their writing for publication. This course has been approved to satisfy the
Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a pre-major and/or elective
Upon completion of the course, students will have
Read and discussed short stories by outstanding authors
Completed exercises to generate story ideas
Read, critiqued, and discussed classmates’ work
Written four or more short stories or essays
Collected peer critiques and revised their stories or essays
Prepared work for submission
Prerequisite: ENG 125 or an equivalent course is required.
If the student has not met these prerequisites, he or she will be dropped from the course
regardless of performance in class and/or proportion of the course completed.
Faculty Preparing Outline: English Department
Endorsement of Department Head and Associate Dean:
Anne C. Helms, Dept. Head Catherine Johnson, Associate Dean
Date Effective: 2010-2011
1. Bernays & Painter. What If. 3rd Ed. Pearson/Longman.
2. Gwynn. Fiction: A Pocket Anthology. 5th Ed. Pearson/Longman
3. Department web site: www.alamancecc.edu/depts/english
1. Students will write five essays or pieces of fiction. Poetry may also be accepted.
At the end of the semester, they may choose to revise one of these works as the
2. For each major writing assignment, there will be small group workshop to which
students should bring typed copies of a complete draft for review and response by some
of their classmates and the instructor.
3. Students will keep a journal that will be collected periodically times during the semester.
Suggested Field Trips:
Classes may participate in experiences related to the focus of the course (for example,
plays, lectures, readings, or museum exhibits).
At the beginning of the course, each instructor should communicate office hours, campus e-
mail address, and campus telephone number.
The English Department of Alamance Community College has set the following attendance
policy for all English classes. This policy may be enforced regardless of circumstances.
For attendance purposes, an absence is an absence, whether excused or unexcused.
Furthermore, three tardies equal one absence.
1. For classes that meet three (3) hours per week, students will be allowed six (6) hours of
absence before being dropped.
3 classes per week: student allowed 6 absences, dropped on 7 th
2 classes per week: student allowed 4 absences, dropped on 5 th
1 class per week: student allowed 2 absences, dropped on 3 rd
2. For classes that meet five (5) hours per week, students will be allowed ten (10) hours of
absence before being dropped.
5 classes per week: student allowed 10 absences, dropped on 11th
2 classes per week: student allowed 4 absences, dropped on 5 th
3. During the summer session, the policy is as follows:
5 classes per week: student allowed 5 absences, dropped on 6 th
4 classes per week: student allowed 4 absences, dropped on 5 th
3 classes per week: student allowed 3 absences, dropped on 4 th
2 classes per week: student allowed 2 absences, dropped on 3 rd
If a student registers late, he/she is marked absent for every class missed before the day
he/she entered. The only exception is if he/she attended another English class and had to
Three tardies add up to one absence. Do not make a habit of showing up late for class.
Many students have financial aid packages that may be affected by a drop. Maintaining
financial aid is the student's responsibility, not the instructor's. If being dropped cancels
your financial aid, be sure you do not exceed the maximum number of absences allowed.
If students exceed their allotment of absences, they may be dropped from the course, even
if they have documented excuses and have been keeping up with their work.
Last thoughts on attendance:
Although students are allowed the equivalent of two weeks' absence, the department does
not recommend missing this many classes. Students may receive zeroes for class work
missed on those days. Furthermore, instructors who give a participation grade will penalize
students for missing this much time. Students are responsible for knowing their instructor's
In most cases a person will be sent to the classroom with instructions if the instructor is
unable to meet the class. If for some reason no one comes, the class should wait ten (10)
minutes for day classes and thirty (30) minutes for night classes, then sign a roll and
designate someone to take it to the English Dept. in Room B206. Decisions affecting the
status of classes because of inclement weather are announced on TV channels 2, 5, 8, 11,
and 28, and numerous radio stations.
Make-up policies will vary with instructors. In general, however, missed work should be
completed within one week following the due date. Also, no late assignments and/or tests
should be accepted during the final week of the semester.
Plagiarism is stealing another person’s words or ideas and passing them off as your own.
When you put your name on a paper, a speech, or a homework assignment in an
English course at ACC, you are claiming ownership of that communication. You are
saying, "The words and ideas are my own, except where I have credited my source through
proper MLA documentation." Using an annotated instructor’s edition also constitutes
Global Plagiarism involves copying an entire paper from another source, perhaps by
borrowing a paper someone else wrote or downloading one from an Internet site. This type
of plagiarism is grossly unethical and inexcusable. If you are caught committing this type of
plagiarism, even on a rough draft, you will receive a zero on that assignment. This
typically results in an "F" in the course. Students may also be reported to the Dean of
Student Development for academic dishonesty, a record of the violation of the Student Code
of Conduct is placed in the student’s permanent file, and if there is a second instance of
academic dishonesty (plagiarism or cheating), the student is dismissed from the college.
Sometimes students commit this type of plagiarism because they have waited until the last
minute to do an assignment and they panic. However, a student would be much better off
dropping the course than earning an "F" because of plagiarism.
Cut and Paste Plagiarism, also called Patchwork Plagiarism is no more ethical than
global plagiarism. This type occurs when the writer cuts and pastes words, paragraphs, and
even pages from different sources to create a whole paper which he or she then turns in as
his or her own work. The student may have written an introduction, conclusion, or even a
few transitions, but copied the rest of the paper word for word from different sources.
Committing cut and paste plagiarism will also result in a zero on that assignment and
can result in an "F" in the course. Students may also be reported to Student
Development for cut and paste plagiarism.
Incremental Plagiarism sometimes happens through carelessness or by accident. It
occurs when the writer composes most of the words, but does not properly cite or credit the
sources or does not paraphrase or quote correctly. Simply rearranging the words in the
passages is not enough. A paraphrase should truly be in the writer's own words. Students
are responsible for understanding how to use MLA Documentation, which is covered in class,
course textbooks, handbooks, the laminated guide (included with the Hacker handbook),
and online. Rough drafts with incremental plagiarism may be rewritten to eliminate the
problem. Final drafts with incremental plagiarism will receive a grade penalty consistent
with the amount and seriousness of the plagiarism.
The Arts and Sciences Division now uses a plagiarism detection service called Turnitin.com
to check papers plagiarism. You will probably be asked to submit your English papers to
Turnitin online or to submit your papers in electronic format to be checked for plagiarism.
Final Thoughts on Plagiarism
As a student, you are responsible for the integrity of your work. If you are not
confident about your writing ability, your instructor and the English tutors in the Academic
Skills Lab are there to help you. We as an English department are committed to the idea
that writing is a process and that we all make mistakes and can learn from these mistakes.
We allow submission of rough and final drafts to help you grow and learn as a writer. How
can we help you if the words and ideas you turn in are not your own? Please do not put us
in the position of having you fail one of our courses because of plagiarism. The experience
will not be pleasant for any of us.
Policies about eating and drinking follow guidelines listed in the student handbook. Eating
and drinking are definitely prohibited in classrooms with computers. Drugs, firearms,
alcohol, and weapons are prohibited at all times.
Students are asked to listen attentively when other students or the instructor is talking. If a
student’s behavior is interfering with classroom procedure, he/she will be asked to leave
and will be counted absent from the class. An Arts & Sciences Disturbance Warning Form
will be completed and if the disruptive behavior continues, the student will be dropped from
the class. Everyone deserves to be treated with kindness and respect in the classroom at
Alamance Community College is committed to providing equal educational opportunities for
students with documented disabilities. Students who require disability services or
reasonable accommodations must identity themselves as having a disability and provide
current diagnostic documentation to the Disability Services Office located in the Gee
Building, Room 128. All information is confidential. Please contact Monica Isbell,
Coordinator of Special Needs & Counseling Services for more information at 336-506-4130
or email at email@example.com.
This course will be regularly evaluated in accordance with college policy.
A 90-100 I Incomplete
B 80-89 WP Withdraw Passing
F Below 60
Recommended Percentages of Final Grade:
Drafts ................................................................ 10%
Informal Writing/Journal ...................................... 15%
Five Papers......................................................... 75%
Instructors must inform students of grading policy at the beginning of the course.