Class, Fri, 2/17

Moving from X to R 

With thanks to Charlotte and Braci.


Developing and Refining

Point to a moment in her piece when the author evokes a sense of being in the moment. Be ready to talk about how she does that.

  • Locate a brief passage in her text you feel you can intensify, make more paratactic, without adding significantly to it. That is, you need to work with the same vocabulary, images, events.
  • So what can you do? Change punctuation, play with sentence length and ¶ length, re-order sentences or phrases, cut sentences or phrases, shift tenses.

Upcoming Events

To Do

Mon, 2/20, class: Read Anne Lamott to p. 182.  Be ready to identify what strikes you as useful (or problematic) advice she offers on talking about writing.

Tues, 2/21, 10:00: Post R1 to your group folder. (We will set up groups in class on Monday.) Write a brief note (no more than 100 words) at the top of your piece in which you outline any questions or concerns you may have about it—what sort of feedback you’re looking for.

Wed, 2/22, class: Read and respond to the R1s in your group. Bring a print copy of each R1 with your responses on it to class. Also bring a clean print copy of your own piece.


About Joe Harris

I teach composition, creative nonfiction, and digital writing at the University of Delaware.
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