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.
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 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, 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. 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>.
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.