Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Administration Guide: Assignments

This is a 30-point paper, 100 percent internally assessed.

Submit assignments either in the Assignment slot on level 2 of the Atrium building, or directly to either Mary or myself during the workshop.

The work you hand in should adhere to the following guidelines:
  • Typed.
  • Double-spaced.
  • Written on one side only of A4 sheets.
  • Margins at least 2.5 cm (1 inch) all around (including top and bottom).

The marks will be divided up as follows:

Creative Response

Worth: 20 %
Due in: Session 4
Length: up to 3 pages

This is the first piece you will be handing in. We invite you to take off on a creative tangent from one of the authors or pieces presented in the course. Your own piece might take the form of a poem or poetic sequence, a piece of fiction, a script, or even a picture or pagework. Let us know what you have in mind, and we can discuss it further.


Worth: 20 %
Due in: Sessions 4 & 12
Length: up to 4,000 words in final form

This should be a series of thoughts and reactions to the materials and ideas covered in the course kept throughout the year. We expect at least some reaction to each of the authors, presented either as straight journal entries or in the form of an online blog. you’re welcome to contribute to this blog.

You may wish to set up your own linked companion blog instead, however.

You will be asked to submit your journal twice in the year. The first time for general reactions and comment, the second time for assessment.


Worth: 20 %
Due in: by Session 10
Length: c.4-5 pages

You will be asked to give two seminars in the course of the year – one on themes, ideas, or texts primarily associated with the poetry section of the course and the other predominantly on issues associated with fiction. You should aim at giving one in each semester, but we’ll try to be flexible when it comes to scheduling the presentations.

The seminar should be roughly fifteen minutes long, with an additional fifteen minutes set aside for questions, making up a full half-hour.

The seminars will be assessed in terms of content and presentation but you will not be required to present them in written form. It is envisaged that you will develop one of your seminars into your Research Essay. In the seminar you should: aim to interest other students in the text and topic, outline the issues raised by your topic, indicate some interesting ways of looking at the question, and find ways to engage your audience in active exchanges concerning the topic.

Preparation of the seminar should act both as brainstorming and a plan for your eventual Research essay.

Research Essay

Worth: 40 %
Due in: 17th October
Length: up to 5,000 words

This is your major piece of work for the year:

It can be an extended literary-critical examination of one (or more) of the authors, works or themes discussed during the year.

If you wish, you can present your research essay online – on the model of one of the essays linked to author pages on the nzepc – and link or attach it to the course website.

Alternatively, you might like to take a more creative approach and do a piece of writing (perhaps in the manner of Susan Howe or Anne Carson) which incorporates research and innovative form.

The seminar (whether it be the first or second that you give) in which you discuss the scope and ramifications of the project you have in mind, must have been presented to the class by session 10.

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