Creative Writing – Ind. Study



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Creative Writing – Ind. Study

In this Independent Study opportunity, students will submit a short story, a nonfiction narrative (or a blog project), and 3-5 poems to the instructor for review over the course of the semester. Students should plan to read several short stories, nonfiction narratives (or blogs), and poems leading up to the creation and submission of their own work. These selections do not have to be approved by the instructor, but the instructor can offer guidance and recommendations if desired. A rubric will be provided for each piece so that students know what is expected. Additionally, students will meet with the instructor 3 times a semester at the beginning of each section of study. All other correspondence will occur via email. If a nonfiction narrative or blog section is not of interest, students may present the instructor with an alternate idea; the alternative must be approved by the instructor prior to the start of the study.


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Jess Woods graduated from Indiana University with a degree in English Education. Upon graduating she taught in a public high school for three years before deciding to stay home with her children.  Since 2013, she has been teaching middle school and high school English courses online.  Jess is a life-long reader and writer.  She comes alive in the company of words and music, and she has a passion for literature that reaches through every part of her being.  She believes wholeheartedly that each person has a relevant voice and perspective, and she eagerly teaches her students to embrace their individual voices by exploring their own thoughts and learning to confidently articulate them.  It is her desire to encourage growth in all students (regardless of their love for English courses…or lack thereof).  She considers it a tremendous success if she can awaken a love of literature and/or composition in her students. Jess currently resides in Alabama with her pastor-husband, Josh.  The couple has three children, two dogs, and two cats.  While reading and writing are clearly on the top of her hobby list, Jess also enjoys all things musical, cooking competition shows, hiking, running, and traveling.

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