Archive for July 16, 2012


I’m lazy.

I also have homeplay to do, so rather than retype the things that were handed out today in the first day of the creative writing class, I’m going to scan them. If the type is too small to read, click on the image and you’ll get a larger version.

Homeplay? Well, this is a class were the rule has always been, your assignment, if you choose to accept it, is….  So this year it was officially renamed homeplay.

The schedule was handed out, and I’ll put it here for reference.schedule p 1schedule p 2schedule p 3schedule p 4

Rob Davidson

Rob Davidson

Rob Davidson started us out by reading the story “Reunion,” by John Cheever. We discussed the story, and he assigned as homeplay that we experiment with 1st person reflective narrative. Via Email: Reading: John Cheever’s short story “Reunion”

Home Play: Write a 1-2 page first-person reflective narrative with some attention to structure & repetition.

Jeanne Clark

Jeanne Clark

Jeanne Clark discussed lists in literature and daily life, ranging from Homer’s catalogue to the humble shopping list. She had us read a couple of catalogue poems, and as homeplay assigned us to start a catalogue poem. (I know what I’m going to use.) Via email after I finished this: Readings: list “poem” by Kato Indians from Technicians of the Sacred, ed. Jerome Rothenberg; list/excerpts from The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch; “Next to Me,” poem by Jeanne E. Clark

Home Play: write a draft of a list/catalogue poem, stacking & arranging images & details.

Daryl Farmer

Daryl Farmer

Daryl Farmer, who’ll be teaching nonfiction, discussed the line between fiction and non-fiction, as well as the art of revision. He said that non-fiction writing (and to a large extent fiction) is a blend of memory, observation and internalzation, and that the line between fiction and non-fiction can be blurry. The one thing we must not do is break whatever contract with the reader we have made. He handed out a sheet on forms of nonfiction prose (we decided my popular science writing falls under nature) and a packet (of which I scanned only the index page) on revision. I’ll put those up later, on a less scan-heavy post. His homeplay assignment was written out, so I’ll put in a scan of it.assignment I also have this via email: Readings: untitled excerpt from Winding Roads by Joy Harjo; excerpts from Boys of My Youth by Joanne Beard

Home Play: read “In the Current” by Joanne Beard; write in response to the memory prompts on the handout by Joanne Beard.

Revision Session.  Afternoon.

Readings: Daryl’s handout; Rob’s revision essay in Psychology Today <http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/one-true-thing/201203/author-robert-davidson-trusting-your-artistic-sixth-sense&gt;.

I’m looking forward to the museum tomorrow, but it’s going to be a busy day – our faculty will be speaking at the Alaska Writers Guild meeting tomorrow, so I’ll try to post from the campus before the meeting.

Maltese CrossThe sun rose this morning at 3:58, and will set at 11:53 this evening, for 19 hours 56 minutes of daylight. It’s only the second day this summer that the sun actually set before midnight. We’re losing about 6 ½ minutes a day, now, but it’s still civil twilight all night.

Last week was lovely weather, in the 70’s but dry—I had to water. It did rain a little last night, but only a fraction of an inch. The delphiniums are starting to bloom, and the first flowers are opening on the Maltese cross. I swear the delphiniums get taller every year; I get a crick in my neck trying to photograph them.delphiniums

Farmers marketTomatoes are now available at the Farmers Market. I don’t bother with those in the supermarket—they might as well be cardboard. But the local ones are vine-ripened and complement the lettuce from my garden. Cabbage, radishes, cucumbers, zucchini and onions are also in the market now, and greens of all kinds have been available for a couple of weeks. Rhubarb has been present from the start, and strawberries are also appearing. (I don’t buy them because I have a hard time keeping up with my own.) Wild berries should be available soon.

I’m off to the first day of Summer Arts Festival this morning, so that’s it until this evening. I just hope I can find a place to park. There’s a lot of construction on campus this summer, and it’s taken out almost all of the handicapped parking slots.

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