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Notebook Assignment #6 An Exercise in First-Person Narration—due March 17 th . Upload to turnitin along with one piece of in-class writing. Conjure a ghost. Imagine a speaker, someone who has died (today? a thousand years ago?) without having had the opportunity to tell his or her story. The speaker is out there, choosing you. Your goal is to make yourself available to this storyteller. It’s been my experience that the writers who are most successful with this exercise find speakers who, although not exactly like themselves, have some similar preoccupations or conflicts. Your ghost’s troubles need not necessarily be yours, but it might help if they resonated. (Jack Kerouac once said, “Things do not connect; they correspond …. That is how we dead men write to each other.”) Now, spend a day or two thinking about your first-person narrator. What might she have enjoyed in her spare time? What would he like for dinner if he were to be invited from the other world to a dinner party in this one? A clearer picture should develop of your
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