14th meeting, final class--fiction workshop + final instructions
1 October-3 December: The following students are required to do Draft Exchanges for their fiction manuscripts: Marcus Austin, Niki Bippen, Alicia Costello, Tara McGee, Veronica Nadalin, J J Torres
Thursday, 3 December: Last fiction workshop + discussion of final exam
Fiction final submissions & revision accounts due by noon Monday 7 December
1st Fiction Author: Amanda Pruett (extra time for final submission)
1st fiction Authorís Discussion Leader: Jeff Derrickson
Roundtable discussion of final exams: each student discusses emphases or asks questions on assignments.
Thursday, 10 December: Final Exam
instructor on course
with a few exceptions, course attracts strong personalities
or secretly strong, latent volcanoes
workshop as classic expression of writer-behavior: powerful feelings > verbal expression
+ good manners
hard not to be overbearing!--or let others be overbearing.
Style of course: workshop + add-ons designed to maintain some intensity, purposefulness, learning
reading assignment and individual responsibility for learning (e. g., poetry and fiction essays)
but workshops, classrooms too much like life to be perfect
only undergrad course in creative writing
hard to maintain standards or guarantee learning
writers as strong personalities but non-conformists
never know exactly what will be produced and shared, or responses
provide students as much confidence as possible so they'll contribute
+ expectations of seriousness, helpfulness
instructor as most experienced workshopper models but has to shut up
"one sentence per contribution"
how much to lecture?
opportunistic, try to meet emergent needs
usually lower than other courses--why?
students become teachers b/c so much discussion
like an online course
lack of discipline among students--attendance, participation
reading highlights > writing examples
style issues--make available
in-class writing exercises, collective stories
might meet problem of prompts