Guidelines for the Writing SIP:
Only those who have taken Introduction to Creative Writing and a 200-level course in relevant genre (i.e., Creative Non-Fiction, Playwriting, Intermediate Fiction Workshop, or Intermediate Poetry Workshop) are eligible for a writing SIP. At a minimum, students interested in doing a journalistic SIP should have taken Journalism I. Taking an advanced writing workshop before the SIP quarter is strongly encouraged but not required.
Generally, a one-unit SIP may contain poems, stories, or a novella, or several chapters of an autobiography or biography. The SIP should contain some explanation of the material it contains. For example, the SIP might offer an introduction or preface explaining the “concept” or the organizing principle for the collection and/or introductions to sections of the collection (brief remarks introducing certain poetry sections, for example). The SIP might include a Prologue or Afterward for each story, which explains what prompted the writing or offers some information so that the reader may better understand the work. A two-unit SIP might include approximately twice the amount of work as a one-unit SIP. Guidelines: 1 unit: 30-50 pages of prose, 30-40 pages of poetry; 2 units: 60-80 pages of prose, 50-60 pages of poetry.
Guidelines for Thesis SIP:
Taking an advanced literary seminar before the SIP quarter is encouraged but not required.
A thesis or research SIP might be comprised of 2-4 parts/sections/chapters, an introduction and conclusion, or some organizational equivalent. The student may make use of Internet source materials but not exclusively. The number of required bibliographic citations will be determined by the SIP advisor in consultation with the student. Guidelines: 1 unit: 30-50 pages of writing, excluding bibliographical materials; 2 units: 60-80 pages excluding bibliography.
Guidelines for Internship SIP:
Part of the SIP unit is awarded for the work of the internship; this may be subject to an evaluation or other indication of successful completion of the work by an internship on-site supervisor. The caliber of description and analysis of the experience, as well as the work completed for the internship (writing, design, production, etc.), determine the rest of the SIP credit.
Write-ups generally will include the following sections: introduction, description of internship, initial and subsequent goals, expectations, personal evaluation of the internship, professional evaluation of the program, company, etc. where the internship was performed, and appendices. A two-unit SIP might include approximately twice the amount of work as a one-unit SIP. Guidelines: 1 credit: 15-20 pages, not including appendices; 2 credits: 30-50 pages of writing, excluding appendices.