Final portfolio.8 drafts; 8 revisions of at least 4 of the 8 pieces (i.e., 8 revisions minimum, though you may focus on revising as few as 4 of your 8 pieces); 3 annotations. This should be turned in by our last meeting.[10 points] Academic Integrity:you know PSU rules by now. However, stealing ideas and patterns in creative writing is called ‘imitation,’ a sign of respect for tradition. If you borrow ideas/images/approaches from another writer, give credit, and more importantly, do your best to transform your imitation into something authentic to your experience, voice, identity. If you have a documented disability, let me know so I can work with you in the most productive & accommodating fashion.
2 WEEK 1: Commence BrevityFamily Matters: Parents, Grandparents, Sibs et al Craft Essay: Of Nails, Nonfiction, and Various Adhesives,Shane Borrowman My Father’s Noose, Grace Talusan B23 Pocketful of Mumbles, Nicole Walton, B21 My Mother’s Toenails, Marcia Aldrich, B17 The Visit, Candace Greene B21 Good as it Gets, Sonja Mongar B15 Mineral Spirits, David Bernardy B15 Candy Cigarettes, Anne Panning B23 WS 1/Describe a scene of family aggravation/showdown—and its resolution or lingering after-damage—in your childhood/teenhood home: use brief, vivid snapshot details of S, C, B, T. It’s not required that the conflict be humorless. (Use a scene from your father’s or mother’s or aunt’s child/teenhood, if you like). WS 2/Explain (i.e., enshrine) one or more of your family’s not-quite-famous peculiarities—a habit, a ritual, a superstition, a private weird holiday Again, aim for a balance of rich/brief description of S T CB(add some Dif you like). ________________________________________________ WEEK 2: Friends, Ex-lovers, Allies, Rivals, Enemies, LosersCraft Essay: Innocence & Experience: Voice in Creative Nonfiction,Sue William Silverman Confession, Michelle Valois B22 What If?Ira Sukrungruang, Brevity 24 Jimmy Milikan, Jose Chaves B12 The Ugly Friend, Lynn Kilpatrick B17 Mask, Denise Aldrich Jobe B12 Crazy Ed, Leah Williams B15 Rural Route, Carrie Oeding B24 WS 3/ Portray a long-known friend/bully/rival/loser in 2-4 times of his/her life, between childhood & the present—perhaps as though this is a photo album. Be speculative about what you do not know. Don’t censor what’s ugly, repulsive, raw, scary; don’t be afraid to be tender, lyrical, or forgiving, either. And be sure to reveal your complicity, your failing, your complacency. Incorporate S—the landscape/culturescape you shared (or didn’t). WS 4/Portray yourself—in the role(s) of friend, admirer, rival, etc.—in a similar fashion, over a period of months/years, in relation to a specific person or a series of the same type. (Again, note S/T, the place where it all occurred and the seasons.) ________________________________________________ WEEK 3: Nonfiction 1 due (from WS 1-4, or variants) Making Lists, Making DistinctionsCraft Essay:Prose Poems, Paragraphs, Brief Lyric Nonfiction, Peggy Shumaker The Things I’ve Lost, Brian Arundel B22 9 Days, Suzanne LaFetra B24 Semi-Significant Moments in Googleland…Emily Franklin B18 The Origin of Sausage, Rachel Pridgeon B22 Things that will make you cry in the first six weeks of your son’s life, Katherine Ozment B16 Two Kinds of Light, Cheryl Merrill B16