City College of San Francisco
Course Outline of Record
Course Status: Active
A. Approval Date October 2018
B. Effective Semester Fall 2019
C. Department English
D. Course Number ENGL 35L
E. Course Title Introduction to Literary Magazine
F. Course Outline Originator John Isles
G. Department Chairperson Erin Denney
H. Dean Kenzoe Brian Selassie-Okpe
A. Hours
Lecture: 52.5
Homework: 105
Total Hours: 157.5
B. Units 3
C. Prerequisite None
    Corequisite None
    Pre/Corequisite None
    Advisory ENGL 88 or ENGL 88B or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English
    Advisory Pre/Corequisite None
D. Course Justification This CSU transferable Introduction to Literary Magazine course gives students the opportunity to apply the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills commonly developed in general English and creative writing classes to the real world practice of publishing. This course meets requirements for the AA-T in English and the Creative Writing certificate.
E. Field Trips No
F. Method of Grading Letter or Pass/No Pass
G. Repeatability Course is not repeatable
This class teaches students the basics of producing a literary magazine. Students gain experience in writing, copy editing, and production while developing the aesthetic judgment and the skills for taking on greater editorial and production responsibilities in the future.
Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:
  1. Analyze and critically discuss pieces submitted for publication in terms of literary merit, at an introductory level.
  2. Analyze and evaluate literary magazines for editorial practices and aesthetic criteria.
  3. Apply junior level editing, proofreading, and revision skills to selected submissions for accuracy and quality.
  4. Synthesize junior-level editorial skills to produce a professional quality literary magazine.
  1. Reading skills
    1. Analysis of print and on-line magazines and editorial policies
      1. Aesthetic criteria
      2. Submissions policies
      3. Thematic contents
      4. Representation of and relationship with literary communities
    2. Overview of theory for close reading, analysis, and interpretation of submissions
      1. Elements of craft: fiction and creative nonfiction
        1. Plot
        2. Characterization
        3. Setting
        4. Point of view
        5. Theme
        6. Dramatizing (in scene) vs. narrating
      2. Elements of craft: poetry
        1. Situation (dramatic)
        2. Imagery
        3. Theme
        4. Diction
        5. Syntax
        6. Rhythm
      3. Elements of art
        1. Line
        2. Shape
        3. Color
        4. Value
        5. Texture
      4. Elements of design
        1. Rhythm
        2. Movement
        3. Balance
        4. Proportion
        5. Variety
        6. Emphasis
    3. Analysis of print and online magazines
      1. Aesthetic criteria
      2. Submissions policies
      3. Thematic contents
      4. Representation of and relationship with literary communities
  2. Writing skills
    1. Critique
      1. Providing evidence for analysis and interpretation
      2. Defining specific criteria for evaluation
    2. Editing and proofreading
      1. Editing and proofreading strategies and symbols
      2. Punctuation, mechanics, and general grammar rules
    3. Expository strategies for writing articles, interviews, and social media
      1. Audience and relevance
      2. Structure and paragraphs
      3. Genre and style concerns
  3. Literary magazine production
    1. Business-level communication and problem-solving skills
    2. Production and editorial roles and responsibilities
    3. Time management skills
    4. Participation in magazine events
    5. Event planning
  1. Assignments
    1. In-class activity: Writing exercises such as: weekly reflection journals to record tasks completed as a junior editor towards producing and promoting the magazine; to improve analytical reading skills and to promote a greater awareness of group dynamics; reading logs to record, track, and evaluate submissions; formal written critiques of pieces from various genres, utilizing specific elements of craft and basic literary/ art / design theory; group presentations on literary communities such as 826 Valencia and Intersection for the Arts; and commenting and sharing through social media
    2. In-class activity: Group discussions on elements of craft in works from previously published editions of Forum and other literary magazines; genre and task group evaluations of submissions; and timelines, deadlines, current progress and priorities with regards to magazine production.
    3. In-class activity: Reading assignments including reading submissions under consideration out loud, especially poetry and drama, and reading previous issues of Forum and other college-level magazines
    4. In-class activity: Attending readings, performances, and events on and off-campus, such as a poetry reading at City Lights bookstore
    5. Out-of-class assignment: Evaluation of submissions based on appropriate literary critique in applying the role of a junior editor
    6. Out-of-class assignment: Annotation of submissions focused on the dramatic development of a piece
    7. Out-of-class assignment: Composing formal short formal critiques by applying basic craft terms associated with literary and artistic works
    8. Out-of-class assignment: Reading published short stories, poems, and non-fiction pieces that demonstrate elements of craft and employ various lengths and styles, such as "What We Talk about When We Talk about Love" by Raymond Carver and "Shakur" by Terrence Hayes.
    9. Out-of-class assignment: Promotion of the magazine by posting flyers, making classroom visits, developing social media sites, and distributing the magazine
    10. Out-of-class assignment: Writing brief articles or interviews of authors, artists, and editors from the campus community for possible inclusion in the print magazine or blog
  2. Evaluation
    1. Other: Completion of all in- and out-of-class assignments which demonstrate the ability to analyze the use of literary and artistic devices, as described above
    2. Participation: Preparedness for and contributions to discussion of readings
    3. Written work: Group and/or individual work for possible inclusion in the magazine, such as interviews or articles, in addition to other submission categories which demonstrate the ability to analyze the use of literary and artistic devices
    4. Written work: Regular assessment of student's annotations on submissions
    5. Other: Meeting deadlines and following through with commitments as determined by the instructor and senior editors
    6. Written work: Final formal critique of an accepted submission which employs and demonstrates the ability to analyze the use of literary and artistic devices
    7. Final Assessment: A final metacognitive analysis of the literary magazine in which students critique the literary and artistic choices made in producing the magazine, reflect on what they learned, and come to conclusions about how to improve future issues
  3. Representative Textbooks and Other Instructional Materials
    1. Forum Students. 2017. Forum. San Francisco: City College English Department.
    2. General editors. 2017. Transfer. San Francisco: Creative Writing Department, San Francisco State University.
    3. General editors. 2017. Eclipse. Adrian, MI: Siena Heights University.
    4. Instructor-generated materials related to writing practice, workshop process, and elements of craft in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, and visual art
CREDIT/DEGREE APPLICABLE (meets all standards of Title 5. Section 55002(a))