Frank started the morning, and today concentrated mostly on fiction. He pointed out that there is a distance from the author to the narrator, and from the narrator to the subject, From the reader’s point of view, he sees the narrator and may catch a glimpse of the author.
Jonny had us do an exercise using common objects—a piece of fabric, rope, a stool, a bucket, and a stick and use them to represent other objects. We were then divided into groups of four or five and each given one of the objects, which we had to make represent two different things, with a transition between them. Finally, we were all asked to become part of one of the scenes.
Jeanne handed out a poem, “A Story” by Philip Levine. The poem is superficially about a house, specifically a kitchen, but it evokes the family who lived there and the change from forest to a subdivision. Jeanne asked us to write something — poem or prose –about a room and the objects in it, using the wild word “fish.”
Margo and Peggy used the afternoon to move forward on the class book. We each had to read aloud the pieces we were contributing, helping Peggy and Jonny decide what order the pieces should be in. We discussed a title for the book. Then we practiced the embellishment of the pages, using a card the same size as the finished pages. We are each expected to do our own page, all 30 or 40 copies of it. We also worked on page layouts.
Remember the text goes to DateLine for printing over the weekend, so tomorrow is the last chance to make any changes in layout. Also, those who have signed up for individual conferences need to get their work in tomorrow.