Final Project-The Reflection Essay

Final Project

To complete the following final paper, go to this week’s Final Project link in the left navigation. 

Creative Writing Portfolio and Reflection Essay

The Final Project for this course is comprised of two parts. Part One, your Creative Writing Portfolio, will consist of your three creative works (the assignments completed in earlier weeks of the course), and Part Two will consist of a Reflection Essay.

Part One: Creative Writing Portfolio 

Using the feedback from your instructor and from the peer reviews, revise each of your creative works (i.e., the assignments completed in earlier weeks of the course) and submit them as Part One of your Final Project. Your Creative Writing Portfolio must contain the following:

Revised Three Poems (Assignment from Week One)

Revised Fiction Short Story (Assignment from Week Two)

Revised Nonfiction Essay (Assignment from Week Three)

Part Two: Reflection Essay

For this part of your Final Project, you will write a twopage Reflection Essay in which you discuss the approaches you used to revise the work in your Creative Writing Portfolio. Try to discuss your poetry and your narratives equally. 

Address the following questions in your essay:

What general techniques learned in ENG318 did you use in revision? Referencing specialized terminology from the course text will be helpful here.

In terms of the peer review feedback that you received on your drafts, what advice did you follow? ( PEERS FEED-BACK FROM DRAFTS)

…..The Gold Hills and the Old Woman: A magical Tale…..

This is a very interesting traditional story. However, it sadly ends sort of abruptly. I felt as though the tension was building and then it came to a sudden halt. The mystery of the piece is obvious throughout the tale. The tone is quite matter of fact – this is just a tale, no emotional connection to the characters or the location seem evident. The objective point of view assists the lack of emotion felt throughout the story. I did not sense a particular theme to the story, but that could have been my misreading. The scene and details were interesting. You used great imagery throughout this tale. I felt as though I could see the “black smoke” that billowed from the ground. Overall, the imagery is the strongest part of this tale. 

One of the things I’m unsure of is the references throughout the piece. I believe that you are referencing where you retrieved your ideas (the old woman connecting to the old man in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s story, for example), however it confused me more than anything else. 

Another issue that I had while reading the tale was the language used. I believe there were several words throughout the story that were intended to be other words. I understood the meaning of them, but if you used different words, the piece would flow better. For example, in the first paragraph you reference the ogre tale that children were told of living in the Gold Hills. The sentence is worded strangely, so it loses some of its effectiveness. The final sentence of that paragraph is also worded strangely or it’s missing a comma. The tense changes occasionally throughout the piece which is a bit confusing to the reader as well. 

Aside from these few issues with word choice and grammatical errors, the story proved to be very interesting. 

Thank you for sharing it with us!

Jessica week 3 feedback


Hi Quiann,

“Dreaming of Writing”- tells me that the speaker writes and re-writes in hopes of finishing his/her book and having it published. Hoping to finish and publish someday, but hope eventually runs dry. I noticed an abab cdcd efef gg pattern indicating a sonnet. Great job there.

“The Writer’s Block”- could this be your compelling image poem? I can clearly see a man sitting at his desk in front of his typewriter, completely blocked, and looking disheveled. I feel sorry for him because I can almost hear the clock ticking and nothing comes to his tired mind. Then suddenly, he’s got it! An idea for his characters and his fingers fly on the typewriter. Excellent!

“There is a Way”- I loved the line “do the words convince or perhaps the pen needs more sharpening.” This poem reminds me of Marianne Moore’s “Poetry.” In the poem the speaker says that poetry should be real and creative. Your poem made me think that tired minds can no longer be creative or ‘genuine’ as Moore puts it, but that they have to somehow tell the story regardless because only they can tell it.

Great job on your poetry. Best of luck.

Estela week 2 feedback

What suggestions did you feel were unnecessary? Please explain your rationale for both.  

From Chapter 13 of our course text and from Calonne’s essay on revising creative writing, what specific revision strategies did you use? Please cite each text in MLA format.

The Reflection Essay must be formatted according to MLA style, and all sources must be properly cited in text as well as on the Works Cited page. For MLA style guidance and examples, visit Purdue University’s MLA Formatting and Style Guide. Also, see the MLA Works Cited resource for MLA example citations. 

Writing the Reflection Essay

The Reflection Essay:

Must be at least two double-spaced pages in length and formatted according to MLA style.

Must include a title and the following:

Student’s name

Instructor’s name

Course number and title

Date submitted

Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.

Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.

Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.

Must use at least five scholarly sources

Must document all sources in MLA style.

Must include a separate Works Cited page that is formatted according to MLA style.

Required Resources

Eliot, T. S. “Tradition and the Individual Talent.” Poetry 13 Oct. 2009. Web. 11 May 2014. <>.


Barrett, Lynne. “What Editors Want; A Must-Read for Writers Submitting to Literary Magazines.” The Review Review. Ed. Becky Tuch et al. Web. 30 May 2014. <>.

Recommended Resources


Every Writer’s Resource. “Big List of Literary Magazines.” Every Writers N.d. Web. 30 May 2014. <>.

Fishow, Rebecca. “Insights on Writing with George Saunders.” The Believer, 8 Nov. 2013. Web. 27 May 2014.  <>.

Hollander, John. “The Anxiety of Influence.” The New York Times, 4 March 1973. Web. 30 May 2014. <>.

Poets & Writers. “Literary Journals & Magazines.” N.d. Web. 28 May 2014. <>


Russell, Tony, Allen Brizee, and Elizabeth Angeli. “MLA Formatting and Style Guide.” The Purdue OWL. Purdue U Writing Lab, 9 May 2012. Web. 27 May 2014. <>.

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