Category Archives: Assignments

Toward Publishing (X7)

Posted for Sam Brooks by Joe Harris It was difficult looking for a website to publish a “Sam Brooks” essay on.  I say this because I never imagined I would ever even consider publishing something that I have written.  After … Continue reading

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Writing: Toward Publishing

Pick a piece you’d like to have people outside of this class read. Then locate two websites, magazines, journals, or newspapers that you think might be interested in publishing. Study what they have to say to prospective contributors about things … Continue reading

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Writing: Digitizing

I’d like you to rework one of the pieces you’ve written so far in this course in ways that make thoughtful use of the affordances of writing in a digital space. An affordance is something that a particular medium or technology … Continue reading

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Writing: Class Picks

Emily and Eric have modeled exactly what I’d like you to do for your class pick: They’ve selected interesting nonfiction pieces, briefly described what they are about, and explained what draws them to the writing. In class on Friday, I … Continue reading

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Writing: Responding

For your next piece I’d like you to write in response to a text that interests you. Your aim should be to write an engaging piece in which you speak in your own voice as an intellectual—as someone, that is, who … Continue reading

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Conferences, Mon, 3/20, and Tues, 3/21

Since we have reached the point in the semester when you need to begin to think about which piece you want to revise for a final grade, it seems a good time for you and me to sit down together … Continue reading

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Writing: Conversing

For your third exercise for this course, I’d like you to base a piece of writing on conversation you’ve had with one or more people. The pieces we’ve read from The New Yorker offer you a range of possibilities for structuring … Continue reading

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X2: Event-Based Writing

If your first piece for this course centered on remembering, I’d like this second piece to be based on observing. Spend some time observing (or reading about) a group, event, or place; take some notes on what you see, hear,or … Continue reading

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X1: Experience-Based Writing

Describe a past experience or event—something that happened to you—as evocatively as you can. Try to recreate the event in a way that makes your readers feel like they are experiencing it along with you. What you write does not … Continue reading

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