Evening Creative Writing Workshop

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I’m excited to announce that I’ve been given the “go-ahead” to teach an EVENING, blended creative writing workshop this fall, starting Aug. 16. An evening creative writing section hasn’t been offered in a while, and I’ve had a few people approach me about teaching it as a night class.

Blended Learning: often structured for students unable to attend traditional class times, blended classes are a blend of online and face-to-face learning.

What that means for this class is that we will meet once a week from 6:00-7:15 p.m. and the other half of the class will be hosted on IVCC’s learning management system, Blackboard–an easily navigable platform that allows for file exchange, online assignment submission, and online discussions.

I’m currently working on a syllabus so those interested have an idea of what the class will offer, but in the meantime, you can take a look at my spring 2017 syllabus and  calendar for an example of what the class covers; you can also check out my Creative Writing course page for an overview of assignments. I hope to see a lot of the community creative writers out there this fall!! Email or message me with any questions.

Accessing IVCC Library Databases from Home

When researching from a home for computer or one that is not using IVCC’s wifi while on campus, you’ll need to “log in” before you can access the library’s research databases. Here’s the process:

  1. pull up the IVCC library homepage
  2. click on the database in which you’d like to research
  3. it’ll redirect you to a log in screen, you’ll enter 24611 + your student number + 01, and then enter your last name.
  4. you will then have access to research
  5. log in again if your computer remains idle for a long period of time or you navigate away from the library page


Welcome to the Summer B Semester!

Hello all and welcome to those taking my online ENG 1002-102 course this semester!

A few of you are familiar with me and online classes at IVCC, but I’ve provided some information about navigating Blackboard, the learning management system you’ll use for the entirety of this course, in this message. The course shell will be available June 14 through August 10, 2017.

To get started with Blackboard (Bb):

  1. After you log into Blackboard, click on our ENG 1002-102-17SU–Lee course shell link from your Blackboard home page. 
  2. Click the “Syllabus & Calendar” link on the left-hand side of your Bb menu for the complete course syllabus and review my course policies and expectations. There you can also view the complete assignment calendar. I will communicate any necessary changes to either document via email announcement and post it to the “Syllabus & Calendar” link. I recommend printing/saving both documents for easy access. 
  3. Next, click the “Weekly Assignments” link where weekly assignments, PowerPoint files, and assignment links will be located throughout the semester. I have two test assignments in the “Online Orientation” folder for you to try. One is a Blackboard Discussion (BD) post and one is an example Journal Response. Feel free to click on that folder and complete those tasks; email/message with any questions or concerns about either example assignment. 
  4. And please note the “Resources” link on the left-hand side of your Bb menu where I will have available File Formatting, MLA Citation and documentation, writing/grammar, and IVCC campus services resources available throughout the semester. I will send a more detailed email announcement about file formatting closer to our first formal essay assignment, but what I have posted will give you an idea of the expectations. I also provided information about free IVCC-provided access to Office 365, another free, downloadable MS Word-like program and a free, downloadable anti-virus program in case you do not have access to such materials on your home/own computer. 
  5. I am still updating the assignment dates in the grade page, so if you are able to view assignments or any other materials in there this week, please disregard them until I have everything set by the end of next week. 
  6. I recommend favoriting/bookmarking/saving the IVCC.edu homepage, a link to the IVCC student email login page, a link to the IVCC Blackboard login page on your computer/laptop for easy access and in the case that the IVCC homepage goes down–usually Blackboard and sometimes IVCC email will remain in operation in that case. 
  7. I also maintain a professional Prof Tracy Lee Facebook page @tlee329a and Twitter account @tlee329a account for class updates, reminders, general IVCC news, and a few random interest items. Students are free to message me via those accounts if student email inaccessible. And if you’d rather not mix academics with your personal social media accounts, you can follow the hashtag #lee1002 for class-specific posts instead.

I’m looking forward to an exciting semester and can’t wait to see your writing over the next 8 weeks. I wish you an enjoyable and educational online experience.

Email with any questions or concerns.

Primary versus Secondary Sources

First off, this description is specific to the Fiction Essay and Poetry Essay assignments in my ENG 1002 course, both face-to-face and online. Each of those essays asks students to use primary and secondary source citation to make a critical argument about a piece of short fiction or a poem/pair of poems.

Primary Source

The short story or poetry you are analyzing in  your essay. If your essay is about Disney’s Frozen, then Frozen is your primary source.

Here is an example way in which you can incorporate a primary source citation into your essay writing.

Secondary Source

The article(s) you use to support or make your critical/analytical claims about your short story or poetry. In most academic writing, the secondary source will fall into one of two categories (these categories will vary from instructor to instructor and assignment to assignment based on the assignment and course learning outcomes at hand):

  • academic secondary source: a scholarly journal article found via IVCC’s library databases, a reputable Internet article, streaming content from a TED talk or reputable podcast, and/or a personal interview. Many instructors will allow .org or .gov sites.
  • non-academic secondary source: Internet articles that may not have all of the WWWs, sites such as Wikipedia or Wikihow, documentaries from streaming sites such as Netflix (some instructors will consider documentaries as academic), social media posts, and most general .com sites.

You are expected to know what types of secondary sources are required for each writing assignment. And here is a link to the IVCC Stylebook ‘s “Using Sources” page with additional information about finding credible sources, representing sources fairly, where to use source information, and how to balance your writing voice with that of your sources.

Works Cited Page for Research

This includes information for the Research Essay assignment in my ENG 1002 class, but can also serve as an example for my LIT 2013 class. First off, here’s the main page about “Creating Works Cited Entries” link from IVCC’s Stylebook, and here’s a sample Works Cited page. Note the hanging tab (that extra indented white space before the extra lines of each entry) and how all the entries are alphabetized. Here’s how to format a hanging tab.

Research Works Cited Page

Students are required to include 3-5 library database articles/sources, 2-4 reputable Internet sources, a there’s a list in the Blackboard resources folder but common ones include Slate Magazine, The Atlantic, The Guardian),  and up to 5 additional sources as needed.

The below examples DO NOT include hanging tab formatting (that’s a nightmare for a blog) and are categorized as library database, reputable Internet, and additional common types

Library Database Source:

Granger, Hermione. “Evil Stops With Good.” Magical Wisdom Medical Associationvol. 5 issue 6, 2009. pp. 882-98. Academic Search Complete, url. Accessed 22 Jan. 2017

Scully, William. “Grandson of CSM and Son of Spooky.” Issues & Controversies, 1999, url. Accessed 22 Jan. 2017

Reputable Internet Source:

Jasmine, Princess. “Because He Freed the Genie.” Slate Magazine, date last updated, url.

Of-the-Southern-Isles, Hans. “My Frozen Heart.” Poetry Foundation, date last updated, url.

Primary Source from textbook:

Pond, Amy. “Traveling Through the Multiverse.” Literature and the Writing Process, edited by Elizabeth McMann et al., 10th edition, Pearson, 2015. pp. xxx-xx.

Content from textbook’s cultural context:

McMann, Elizabeth et al., eds. Literature and the Writing Process, 10th edition, Pearson, 2015. pp. xxx-xx

Direct Citation Example

This can be used as an example for the ENG 1002 Poetry essay or Research essay.

Topic sentence of body paragraph. 1-3 sentences that set-up or build the paragraph’s claim. Slate Magazine makes the claim “The great drawback to becoming a celebrated voice of a generation is that it encourages writers to believe that whatever idle thoughts drift through their minds … are automatically of interest (Smith, Jones, and Pond). While those in previous generations were taught that children should be seen, not heard, the up and coming Generation X has generally been encouraged for individual opinions.

Things to note about this example:

  1. The parenthetical documentation formatting of this source tells readers this article includes an author name (and the page number of the citation, when known–often this is not known on Internet source). On the Works Cited page, this entry would begin with the last name of the first author mentioned.
  2. The use of the introductory signal phrase as well as the continued reference back to the source while including additional information helps show readers when the paraphrase begins and where it ends as well as what source provided the info/idea.
  3. The explanation or context provided by you the student is nearly as long as the paraphrase citation, making your voice be just as strong (or stronger) than the voice of the citation. 

And here’s a link to transitional language post if you’re looking for ways to provide more transition within and between your paragraphs.

Online ENG 1002 Final Grades

THANK YOU ALL for a great online semester (and for some of you, a great academic year). Even if we never got to meet in person, I enjoyed seeing your writing and analysis skills progress over the last few months. I hope to see you around campus in the fall, or next year, depending on your graduation schedule, please look me up and introduce yourself!!

Otherwise, I wish you all a great summer and a future filled with accomplishment. Here’s what to expect as far as grades and “official” final grades:

  1. I’ll be grading research papers through tomorrow afternoon, posting those and final grades as I go. You will also see that I’ve added a Blackboard grade column called FINAL GRADE. Once I finish correcting your research paper, I will put in the FINAL GRADE that will reflect the grade I will give you in the course.
  2. All FINAL GRADES should be posted to Blackboard by the close of day tomorrow, May 13. Email me if you have any questions or concerns.
  3. Remember, IVCC only has A, B, C, D, and F as final grades, so you will receive an A in the course for any “RUNNING GRADE” of an A or percentage from 90-100; you will receive a B in the course for any “RUNNING GRADE” of a B or percentage from 80-89 and so on. I will officially give you a letter, not a percentage.
  4. If you have any questions or concerns about grades, please notify me on or before noon, Monday, May 15, so I have time to make any necessary changes before officially posting grades to WebAdvisor. If you contact me with grade concerns or mistakes after May 15th, I will still be able to change a grade “in the system” (assuming the concern is valid and not too late after the end of the semester) but it will take some time, which occasionally slows transfers to 4-year institutions or enrollment in summer/fall/future classes.
  5. I plan to officially post grades the early morning of Tuesday, May 16.
  6. Here’s how you can view your final grades for this and previous/future IVCC classes by logging into WebAdvisor.


ENG 1002 Final Grades

Spring 2017 final semester grades on Blackboard now represent the letter grade I’ll officially give you in the course. As mentioned during the final exam period, THANK YOU for an excellent semester!! You are hard workers and I enjoyed seeing your writing and analytical skills improve over the last few months. I wish you all a relaxing summer and a future filled with academic, professional, and personal accomplishment 🙂
Please note the following:

  1. Your FINAL GRADE is your RUNNING GRADE with any necessary reductions for absences (see the policy on my syllabus). If you have grading questions or concern, email or message me by noon Monday, May 15.
  2. Please note that IVCC only has A, B, C, D, and F as final grades, so you will receive an A in the course for any percentage from 90-100; you will receive a B in the course for any percentage from 80-89 and so on. I officially give you a letter, not a percentage.
  3. If you have any questions or concerns about grades, please notify me on or before Monday, May 15 at noon so I have time to make any necessary changes before “officially” entering grades to WebAdvisor. If you contact me with grade concerns or mistakes after Monday at noon, I will still be able to change a grade “in the system” (assuming the concern is valid and not too late after the end of the semester) but it will take some time, which occasionally slows transfers to 4-year institutions or enrollment in spring/future classes.
  4. I plan to officially post grades to WebAdvisor the morning of Tues., May 16. You should be able to view them “in the system” within 24-28 hours of that time.
  5. Here’s how you can view your final grades for this and previous/future IVCC classes by logging into WebAdvisor.