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Introduction to Inspirational Writing

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

A study of the history and practice of inspirational writing.





Understanding the form and the function of inspirational writing is vital to appreciating its effect on society. This course will allow the student the opportunity to study the structure of inspirational writing as well as to produce inspirational writing.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Write a first chapter of a book of inspirational writing.
  2. Identify seminal authors and their theories in the field of inspirational writing.
  3. Assess inspirational writing while evaluating the effectiveness of the process.
  4. Analyze different approaches to inspirational writing.
  5. Articulate a clear personal philosophy of inspirational writing.

Course Resources

Required Resources

The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student.

Bunyan, John. The Pilgrim’s Progress. Access via the following Website:

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest. Grand Rapids: Discovery House Publishers, 2017. Print. 

Kingsbury, Karen. This Side of Heaven. New York: Center Street, 2014. Print.

Voskamp, Ann. One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010. Print. 

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Office

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 200 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge with at least 1 citation from the course textbooks. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be at least 100 words.

Foundational Writing Projects (4)

The student will write a focused description for each of the following topics: Personal Philosophy, Audience, Character Review, and Context. Each assignment must be used to support the Final Project, and lecture material must also be incorporated into each assignment. Each assignment must be at least 500 words and be submitted through the SafeAssign link in Blackboard.

Creative Writing Exercise

The student will write a scene of at least 500 words that might feature in his or her manuscript. It should not be a scene the student plans to use for the final project, but it should be a scene the student could envision using at some point in his or her fiction or nonfiction manuscript. The student will use, regardless of whether he or she has chosen fiction or nonfiction, narrative techniques/building blocks that are commonly used in both genres.

Book Proposal

The student will write a book proposal with the following items: title, author biography, book description, overview of book/chapter summaries with titles, audience, author promotion and platform, competition, manuscript length, ship date/completion date.

Final Project

The Final Project represents the student’s first attempt at a first chapter of an inspirational book, either fiction or nonfiction. The student will integrate what he or she has written in the Foundational Writing Projects as well as lessons learned in the textbook readings and in the lectures. This assignment must be 1,500–2,000 words and be submitted through the SafeAssign link in Blackboard.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums (5 at 50 pts ea)


Foundational Writing Projects (4 at 125 pts ea)

Creative Writing Exercise

Book Proposal




Final Project





Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


WRIT 305

Textbooks: Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress (2003).

Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (2012).

Kingsbury, This Side of Heaven (2009).

Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are (2010).


Reading & Study




Bunyan: The Author’s Apology-Paras 100-199

Voskamp: chs. 1–4

3 presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1





Bunyan: Paras 200-499

Voskamp: chs. 5–7

2 presentation

Foundational Writing Project 1



Bunyan: Paras 500-699

Voskamp: chs. 8–Afterword

2 presentation

DB Forum 2

Foundational Writing Project 2




Bunyan: Paras 700-The Conclusion

Kingsbury: chs. 1–4

2 presentation

DB Forum 3

Creative Writing Exercise




Chambers: January–March

Kingsbury: chs. 5–8

2 presentation

Foundational Writing Project 3



Chambers: April–June

Kingsbury: chs. 9–13

2 presentation

Foundational Writing Project 4



Chambers: July–September

Kingsbury: chs. 14–18

2 presentation

DB Forum 4

Book Proposal




Chambers: October–December

Kingsbury: chs. 19–27

2 presentation

DB Forum 5

Final Project





DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.