Online Education

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Orientation Details

Online Orientation for EWRT-D065X-63Z
(It is highly recommended that you print out this page for future reference.)
Instructor Contact Information
Instructor Kenneth Weisner
Office Hours Spring: M, 2:30-3:30; W, 11:30-12:30; T/TH,12:30-1:30 — in FORUM 2C
Office Location Forum 2C
Office Phone (408) 864-5797
A Message from your Instructor
Hello and welcome to EWRT 65/JOUR 65 for winter quarter 2013, the Red Wheelbarrow National Edition. My name is Ken Weisner, and I am excited to be your instructor for this course. This course provides you the pleasures of reading, discussing, and evaluating some of the finest poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction produced by contemporary writers around the country. You will be asked to vote in an advisory capacity on screened manuscripts and artwork. You will be learning literary editing, design, and production--both print and web based--as well as magazine management, publicity, advertising, promotion, marketing, and distribution. So the course provides practical transfer application and resume-building experience: professional level editing, proofreading, planning, production, and design skills. Those of you who are (or plan to be) writers can also get a good deal out of studying how professional writers polish and present their work for publication. What strategies do professional writers use to submit work? You'll enjoy working with other serious and enthusiastic readers to create a memorable nationally distributed annual journal. You get your name in lights (well, your name in the book as an editor); the opportunity to specialize in an area of your choosing (poetry, fiction, art, creative non-fiction, drama, managing, or production and design); and even a chance to participate in an interview session with a well known local writer or a symposium about a particular writer.

*** Nuts and Bolts:
All Red Wheelbarrow class members are asked to attend the afternoon meetings Those of you for whom this is a problem, please contact me by email at to discuss your situation or see me the first day of class.

Those of you taking the 65X-63Z two unit class are required to participate in FORUMS through the catalyst course shell on a weekly basis, responding to assigned manuscripts and to each others' comments as well. Yes, you can vote online, but also be aware that face to face discussions on Monday afternoons may often lead to changes of opinion, so don't miss live votes in the classroom either. Managing editors will update advisory vote counts in the NEWS FORUM each week after class.

Those taking the course for one unit only (EWRT 65/JOUR 65) are also asked to engage in online discussion. Manuscripts to be read for homework will be posted each week on the catalyst site for all students in all sections of the course to read.

When you come to class, please be prepared to discuss that week's manuscripts. You can do this by either a) bringing a laptop to class with that week's material already downloaded or b) printing out the material you most want to discuss that day and bringing it along with you to class.

Red Wheelbarrow class discussions are often absolutely wonderful and the quality of those discussions is 100% correlated with the level of student preparation. Let's create our own great course by being prepared.

See you online... and in class. 2013 is going to be a wonderful year for our journal.

Ken Weisner
De Anza College
Office: Forum 2C
Office phone: 864-5797

This is a hybrid class that meets every week on campus.

Hours of Study
Be prepared to spend a minimum of 6 hours per week using and studying the course materials.
How to get started in your course
  • Apply for admission to De Anza College and register for this class, if you have not already done so. Completing this orientation DOES NOT enroll you in the course.
  • Attend the on-campus first class meeting, OR complete the online orientation and submit the Student Information Form.
  • Read the complete course syllabus.
  • Obtain the required course materials.
  • Consult the Course Calendar in the syllabus and start your Weeks 1 and 2 readings and assignments.

Online Education
Building: MLC 210

Phone: 408.864.8969
M-Th: 9:00a-5:00p
F: 9:00a-4:00p


Last Updated: 1/27/16