Combining clauses (complete thoughts) can be confusing, and it’s, no doubt, something that scares most students. Okay, it’s something that scares all of us, and something the best of us get wrong from time to time. Here’s a list of commonly used punctuation scenarios as well as some additional resources listed throughout and at after the list. Many of these are simplified for example, but I’ve provided more detailed examples as supplemental resources as well.


  1. Complete thought + comma conjunction + complete thought.
    • I want to travel to Europe, and I want to see the Louvre.
    • List of conjunctions: FANBOYS: For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So
  2. Complete thought + semicolon + transitional word + comma + complete thought.
    • I want to travel to Europe; in fact, I want to see the Louvre.
      Examples of transitional words/adverbial conjunctions: also, besides, instead, therefore, nonetheless, furthermore, for instance, likewise, in addition, for example, however, otherwise
  3. Complete thought + semicolon + complete thought.
    • I want to travel to Europe; I want to see the Louvre.

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2017 Creative Writing Final Exam

Next time we meet is our final exam period at 11:00-1:30 p.m. on Tues. May 9 in the Fireplace Lounge, B214. You’re welcome to bring food or drinks to share. Once again, here is the printable Final Portfolio and Showcase assignment sheet, and here’s a link to the assignment folder on Blackboard (it’ll prompt you to log in). And in case it helps, here’s a link to the Monster Group assessment and one to the workshop reflection folder. 

I’ve also included a checklist, of sorts, for what is due and expected for next week’s showcase:

  1. Post any reflections you have yet to finish (Monster group or workshop).

  2. Tues. May 9 in the Fireplace Lounge, B214 from 11:00-1:30 p.m.
  3. Have an introduction for the person that goes after you in the showcase order.
  4. Be prepared with a proofread portfolio that follows option 1 or option 2 (see the assignment sheet if you’re confused).
  5. Your portfolio will also include a 100-300 word third-person bio and a one-page response about writing, your writing process, or your experience in this class.
  6. Graded portfolios will be outside my office door the first few weeks of the fall 2017 semester; if you’re not going to be around, let me know and I’ll have it available outside my office between May 11 through May 20.

Showcase Order

Please don’t forget that you will write a brief introduction for the person that follows you in the showcase. Mention some of the pieces you remember and some of that person’s strengths as a writer/human being. Be nice. Make it at least 6-8 sentences so the person feels loved. Jacob W. you will write your introduction for Rebekah.

Jacob W.


2017 Final Exam Schedule

Here’s a list of all my final exam times and locations for the 2017 Spring semester. I also have these posted in the “Syllabus and Calendar” link on each course’s Blackboard shell. And in case you’re interested, here’s IVCC’s full exam schedule page.

Class Day & Time – Course Name  – Exam Day Time/Location

MWF 8:00 AM – ENG 0900 – Wed. May 10 regular time/place

MWF 9:00 AM – ENG 0900 – Mon. May 8, regular time/place

TR 8:00 AM – ENG 1002 – Thurs. May 11 regular time/place

TR 11:00 AM – Creative Writing – 11:00-1:30 p.m., Tues. May 9, Fireplace Lounge (B216)

Online – ENG 1002-590 Online – Research Essay due Wed. May 10 by 11:59 p.m.

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.

ENG 1003 Grading Criteria

Below is the grading criteria I use when assessing and grading formal prose writing assignments in my Creative Writing Course. Formal prose assignments include the Memoir, Crisis story, Dialogue piece, Reader Sympathy story, and Threaded Microfiction piece.

Formal Prose Assignment Rubric

Below is the grading criteria I use when assessing and grading formal poetry writing assignments in my Creative Writing Course. Formal poetry assignments assignments include the Object poem, Childhood poem, Photo or Confessional poem, Protest or Meditation poem, and a Misc. Poem.

Formal Poetry Assignment Rubric

Additionally, each formal prose and poetry assignment will be workshopped in small groups using this rubric:

Workshop Participation and Reflection Rubric