Monday, March 24, 2014

Story #2

Please elaborate on your idea for the next story. You might use a version of the three-part "test" proposed by Henry James to structure your response: What are you trying to achieve? How will you achieve it? Why is it worth achieving?

Your response is due by midnight Wednesday, March 26.  (I hope you have drafts of first scenes from some of you by the following Wednesday.)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Species-on-Species Abuse

If this semester you were to write a story about a place a la Vowell, what would it be and why? The only restriction is that the place must actually be accessible to you. Please respond no later than Wednesday, midnight.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Please respond to one of the following questions about EXPERIMENT IN MISERY:

1) Why does Crane refer to the tramp as the "assassin"?


2) Identify an unusual or unexpected use of an adjective in a description of a person, place or thing. Why is it unusual? Why would Crane use such a trope?

Your response is due no later than midnight Tues, Jan. 28.


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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Final Blog Post/Fall 2013

Read Kirkhorn's essay and Sacco's comic strip, as well as the article linked below. Explain how Sacco exemplifies Kirkhorn's concept of a "virtuous journalist" -- or why he doesn't.

Also, bring to class your own chosen example of a virtuous journalists and be prepared to discuss it. If you wish, you can include a link to his or her work with your blog response, which is due Tues., Dec. 3, at 4 p.m.

Here's my example:

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Submissions (Art & Fear, Part 2)

Read Part 2 of the book Art & Fear, then search the following Web sites for at least three publications to which to submit your story. Explain why these publications are a good fit for you. Your response is due by 4 p.m., Tues., Nov. 12.

By the way, some of you are neglecting to complete the blog and, as a result, are compiling F's at an alarming rate. I encourage you to reconsider your conduct.