Personal Narrative

Faculty
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department
Creative Writing
Course Code
CRWR 1202
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
20
Method Of Instruction
Seminar
Typically Offered
To be determined

Overview

Course Description
This course concentrates on writing based on personal experience. Students develop an awareness of both self and the creative process by shaping biographical material into readable narratives. Instruction in a workshop format will focus on techniques needed to produce such creative forms as creative non-fiction, fiction, and poetry.
Course Content

  1. Students’ manuscripts.
  2. Discussion and analysis of selections from textbook(s).

Methods Of Instruction

Classes will be conducted in the workshop format. The following may be combined with the workshop:

  • lecture and discussions
  • in-class and take-home exercises
  • small group work
  • interviews
  • assigned reading
Means of Assessment

Students will be evaluated on the basis of at least five assignments. These may include personal narrative (based on student’s biography), personal narrative (based on experiences of student’s family or community member), one piece of short fiction, and/or poetry, all of which count for a minimum of 60% of the grade. Other evaluations may include class participation, in-class writing assignments, and self-evaluation of submitted material.

Students are required to attend 80% of the workshops. A student missing more than 20% of the workshops without receiving prior permission from the instructor will receive 0 in Class Participation. Leaving after the break is considered half an absence.

Learning Outcomes

General Objectives:

Students will

  1. discover narratives in their own biographies and in the lives of their families and communities;
  2. learn how to transform these narratives into non-fiction, fiction, and poetry;
  3. present these forms to the workshop for discussion; and
  4. develop skills in selection and revision.

Specific Objectives:

Pre-writing:

  1. Students will learn to recognize the value of their own life experiences and observations as a basis for writing.
  2. Students will learn to recognize anecdotes, tall tales, gossip, yarns, myths and other forms of narratives in their own lives and in their families and communities.
  3. Students will learn to identify narratives in their own lives and in their families and communities that are particularly significant in their own biographies.

Writing:

  1. Students will learn to write first-person non-fiction narratives that are appropriately detailed.
  2. Students will learn to transform first-person narratives into short fiction through necessary developments in point of  view, structure, plot and characterization.
  3. Students will learn to metamorphose first-person narratives into poems through the use of compression and through the development of imagery.

Revision:

  1. Students will recognize the value of revision as an essential part of the process of articulating and refining written thought and feeling.
  2. Students will learn to consider critical suggestions from peers and instructor, and incorporate these revisions where suitable.
  3. Students will learn to critique their own narratives and their short fictions and poems.
  4. Students will learn to recognize and use in their critiques technical terms related to the craft of writing.
Textbook Materials

The texts could include any of the following;

  • Anthology of personal narratives.
  • Event (Creative Non-fiction issue).
  • Pearls (current issue).

Requisites

Prerequisites

Any College entrance Language Proficiency Requirement with the exceptions of the Douglas College Course Options in ELLA or ENGU and the assessments listed below. These require the specified higher standard for entry into CMNS, CRWR and ENGL courses.
• a minimum grade of C- in ELLA 0460, or a minimum grade of C- in both ELLA 0465 and 0475, OR
• a minimum grade of C- in ENGU 0450 or ENGU 0455 or ENGU 0490, OR
• Mastery in ELLA 0330 and any two of ELLA 0310, 0320, or 0340, OR
• TOEFL overall score of 83 with a minimum of 21 in Writing, OR
• IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0; for individual bands below 6.0:
       • if in Speaking, ELLA 0210 required
       • if in Reading or Listening, ELLA 0220 required
       • if in Writing, ELLA 0230 and ELLA 0240 required
OR
• CLB score of 8, OR
• CEFR level B2+, OR
• CAEL minimum overall and essay score of 70 (computer or paper based), OR
• recognized equivalent or exemption.

Corequisites

Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses

Equivalencies

Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Langara College (LANG) LANG ENGL 1XXX (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU GE 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU ENGL 2XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU ENGL 2XXX (3) 2010/09/01 to -
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU ENGL 207 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO ARTS 1st (3) 2005/05/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV CRWR 2nd (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC ENGL 2XX (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV ENGL 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC WRIT 1XX (1.5) 2004/09/01 to -
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU CREW 2nd (3) 2004/09/01 to -

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
32657
Mon
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Bachinsky
Elizabeth
Open
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
20
19
1
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Mon
Coquitlam - Bldg. B
B2130
11:30 - 14:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
33183
Wed
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Bachinsky
Elizabeth
Open
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
20
19
1
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Wed
New Westminster - South Bldg.
S1806
18:30 - 21:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
34059
Fri
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Bhat
Shashi
Open
This course will include synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
20
18
2
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Fri
12:30 - 15:20