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week 3

Posted in weekly assignments on September 16th, 2011 and

Creative Writing—Queens College—Fall 2011

 

WEEK 3—14 SEP Writing the Personal and the Public

 

“In the kingdom of glass everything is transparent, and there is no place to hide a dark heart.”

Vera Nazarian

Read “The Incident,” by Lee Gutkind (found on course blog)

Freewrite a page or two (in hardcopy, to bring to class) considering the following questions:

What kinds of information is disclosed in this piece that the people described in it might be opposed to being made public? How is Daniel described and how do you think he might feel about these descriptions? What purposes are served by telling the story as honestly as Gutkind has? If you were publishing this story, would you choose different words? Are there things you would leave out? What seems to be the author’s relationship with truth? How will you be challenged as a blogger of creative nonfiction in deciding how to describe people and how much information to reveal about them and about yourself? What problems or questions have you encountered so far regarding the tension between the personal and public?

 

Write and post your next blog entry by Sunday. Read and respond to peers’ blog-posts by Tuesday.

 

week 2

Posted in weekly assignments on September 6th, 2011 and

Introduction to Creative Writing—Queens College—Fall 2011

 

WEEK 2—7 SEP Defining “Creative Nonfiction”

Read about creative nonfiction on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creative_nonfiction#cite_note-gutkindxi-0

and on the journal Creative Nonfiction website:

http://www.creativenonfiction.org/thejournal/whatiscnf.htm

Then read “The Half Light” by Robyn Piz on the Shadowbox website:

http://www.shadowboxmagazine.org/

(The story can be found by moving the cursor over the top of the virtual spice cabinet.)

Freewrite a page or two (in hardcopy, to bring to class) considering the following questions:

What elements of classic fiction and storytelling do you find in this story? What elements of nonfiction are in evidence? What do we learn about the author in this 8-page story? What questions remain about her? Choose a moment in the story when fantasy and reality seem to intersect; describe your thoughts and feelings about this intersection and the writing that describes it. Do you like this author’s writing? Why or why not?

 

Set up a WordPress account through qwriting. Revise and publish self-introductory blog post.

 


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