Notes from our Grading Discussion, Plus an Idea

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We had an excellent discussion, I thought, about just how we will go about determining course grades. More thoughts? Questions?

The idea: What if we posted our 100-word entries as replies to the post setting the topic AS WELL as to our own blogs? That way we can have the pleasure of reading them all together, in quick succession. What say you?


Monday’s 100-Word Topic

On this, Martin Luther King Day, Ashleigh gives us LIGHTNING as our topic.  Remember to tag your posts with “100 words: to make it easier for us to find your posts!

Friday Recap–100 Words & Multimedia

Many of you have started playing around with the 100 Words exercise; such interesting results from Cloe’s MAPS topic from Alex R, Aneliya, Annabelle, Cloe, Dickie, Jen, Jessica, Sally, Ting, and yours truly. I’m not sure what happened to the rest of you (I suppose Friday isn’t the best day to begin something during J-term…) but let’s really get moving now. I’m going to propose the second topic (We’ll go up the list instead of down as Dickie seems to have forgotten he was next, though he did write a second post.) Sunday’s topic is FURNITURE.

I very much enjoyed taking the multimedia writing tour with you all on Friday and having Will and Zoey share their tales of multimedia as contemporary creative nonfiction. What a time to be starting writing lives–ah, the smorgasbord of tools of expression, connection and publication available to you, tools that within your young hands, as you saw from the remarkable student work shown Friday, will yield astonishing results. Remember that for our modest project you can venture off screen and into comics, writing installations, mash-ups–whatever strikes a chord with you for this draft of a multimedia essay as long as you include text and/or a narrative voiceover within the piece.

New Feedback Groups:

Allie, Marietou, Dickie, Abishek

Ting, Annabelle, Jen, Sally

Jessica, Cloe, Aneliya, Ashleigh

Kyle, Alex R, Alex Y, Miriam

Looking forward to seeing everyone at my house this afternoon–meet at Adirondack Circle at 5:20.

The Syllabus Evolves…

…as I learn to “read” you and hear about what you’re interested in learning and writing. As I come to know more about your previous writing experiences, and as we explore the readings and exercises together, I’d like to make an adjustment in the assignments for next week.

I think we can move more quickly into the extended writing than I had anticipated. You are picking up the lessons of each class quite handily, as evidenced by the discussions and what I read on your blogs. Also, you read very very well indeed as writers. Let’s scrap, then, the second reading-as-a-writer piece and insert the ever-popular Stranger Studies in their stead. I’ve made the switch on the Assignments page .

I appreciate reading your posts about the learning journey–they do help me try to create opportunities for you to engage with and develop your writing.

Make sure you put next Sunday’s dinner on your calendars. Let’s say 5:30-7:30, January 20?

That the bookstore ran out of our books…

is probably a good sign that people are wanting to read contemporary creative nonfiction, but it certainly poses a problem for those of you without copies.  If it would help, I can bring my copies to the library this afternoon and put them on reserve (email me or leave a comment here).  Otherwise, please share with your small group!


Welcome to Contemporary Creative Nonfiction!

Hands Writing in Class

You’ve made it to The Motherblog! Here’s where we’ll gather when we’re not in class, connecting with one another and the world beyond Middlebury as we explore creative nonfiction expression. Each of you will set up a blog where you’ll post your experiments, discussions, reflections, musings and full-fledged works of creative nonfiction (we’ll create links to them from the righthand sidebar).

On this main collaborative space, we will all post questions, thoughts, observations and connections for the full group to consider and discuss. To get us started, I want to ask you to share your thoughts on why we, in twenty-first century, turn to creative nonfiction as readers and as writers. Tell us about creative nonfiction writers you read; tell us about the kinds of writing you do or would like to do and why. To respond, click on Comments.