Final Evaluation Conference

Just a reminder, you need to hand me a PAPER version of your poetry portfolio by 5:00 p.m. this Friday (the 9th). Remember to include a narrative reflection (you can also, of course do that as hypertext on your blog) and a reading-as-a-writer piece as well as all of the regular assignments.



At least 24 hours before you meet with me to propose and defend your course grade, please send me an in-depth final view of your journey through this course. Include, if you like, the full portfolios from all the units. Make sure you indicate how you feel you have done according to the rubrics (image of the board above should help you out).

Conference Schedule
Friday, May 9

9:00 Laura

Monday, May 12
10:30 Tony
11:30 Gregg
3:30 Eleanor

Tuesday, May 13
9:00 Doug
11:00 Matt
3:30 Lois

Wednesday, May 14
10:00 Chris
11:00 Mikaela
1:00 Kyle
2:00 Sean

Thursday, May 15
10:00 Alicia
11:00 Clare
2:30 carolyn

Friday, May 16
9:00 Tamara
10:00 Andrew
11:00 Simone

Creating a link to a Blogpost entry

As you write your hyptertext reflections, you’ll want to create links right to specific entries as you discuss them.  To do that:

1.  Highlight the word in your text (in your reflection) you want to serve as the link to the entry. Say, you have written the following sentence, ” I am thrilled to be leaving nonfiction and going on to fiction; already I have explored the links on For Fiction Writers.”  You want to create a link of the words “For Fiction Writers” that will send your reader to that post.   You’d highlight those three words in your text.

2.  Open a new Firefox tab or window.  Find the appropriate blog, and click on the title of the post to which you want to link, i.e. “For Fiction Writers”  in the post below this one.  Once you’ve clicked on the title, up in the URL address line, you find the URL for that entry.

2.  Copy the URL, return to the other window, click on the icon of the chain link in the Editor line above the text box, and paste the URL in the window it opens there. (Make sure you have the relevamt words still highlighted in your text.)  Save.


For Fiction Writers

I have created a new menu item on the lefthand sidebar: “For Fiction Writers” with links to some helpful sites. Please add via comments! What are your favorite online fiction sites?

Also, I have listed all of your presentation dates up on the presentation tab.

Updates–Fiction Syllabus Online

You can now find UNIT THREE  in the menu above, including examples from your tutors terrific. Please make sure you read through the page and let me know if you have any questions.

Also, I have steadily been adding to our Places Readers Go list on the upper left sidebar. Please add more sites in comments to this post. How about trying out six-word memoirs?

Syllabus Update

I’ve added the reading for Thursday, Tuesday and next Wednesday to the unit overview. Make sure you consult the unit plan itself for details.

Also, I will be giving you a fun assignment over break having to do with stranger studies spun into 200-word flash fictions, and some reading. I’ll post the fiction syllabus next week.


Looking Ahead to Creative Nonfiction

Take a look at UNIT TWO and be ready to ask questions on Thursday.

Link to the Blog Conversation with Filmmaker John Bresland and How-to for the

If you’re interested in reading the discussion Abishek had with  The Seinfeld Analog filmmaker, John Bresland, over J-term,  check out his post.

For those of you thinking about creating a hypertext piece on your blog, you might want to explore the resources mentioned on wikipedia. Look closely, too, at the hypertext pieces I assigned for this unit, thinking about how and why and when links work.
Here are my super-simple-hypertext instructions:

1.  Once you have mapped out your layers and links, post your first screen (the entrance into the hypertext) as a PAGE (instead of what we usually do, writing POSTS).  This will make a tab at the top of your blog homepage with the title of your hypertext and ensure easy access to your piece long after you have moved onto other units.

2.  If you want to link to a  Flickr image (you can create a link within a Flickr image) or some other off-blog site, use the little chain link in the editor above your text box.  Highlight the word(s) you wish to serve as link, click on the chainlink and then supply the URL of the site.

3.  If you wish to link to another window/screen/post you create here on your blog, create a new POST for that material.  Scroll down until you see POST TIMESTAMP in the righthand sidebar.  Click on it and then plug in a date from January 2008.  Doing so in effect buries the post within your blog, so no one will come across it unless they click on the link in your hypertext, which will send them to the appropriate post.

If you  wish to create a clean-looking post, you can de-select Allow Comments and Allow Pings over on the sidebar under Discussion.
Questions?  I will be in the Wilson Media Lab tomorrow (Friday) at 1:00 to give a quick iMOVIE workshop and to answer questions anyone has about the project, the technology, the course.  If I don’t see you there, I’ll see you in conference next week.  Enjoy Winter Carnival and remember what great fun it is to play writing games–much better than standing out in the howling wind to watch a ski race, yes?

Groups for Unit One

Enjoy a creative weekend filled with writing games! And if anyone has suggestions for exercises we might want to do on the blogs, please post them to the Motherblog.

You will be hearing from Maddie, Katie or Alex about meeting with them in one-on-one conferences this coming week to talk about the course and your first experiments.

GROUP ONE: Matt, Andre, Carolyn, Kelly, Sean, Mikaela & Maddie

GROUP TWO: Alicia, Clare, Simone, Laura, Lois, Tamara & Katie

GROUP THREE: Chris, Eleanor, Kyle, Doug, Tony, Gregg & Alex

GROUPS ONE & THREE, you can pick up a (single) copy of the multimedia projects on DVD in my office on Monday.

Opening the Course


…to the Spring 2008 Intro to Creative Writing Blog (bg’s section)! This marks the sixth year I’ve used blogs in this course; every year they change a bit, as do the unit plans, the readings, the exercises, but with the exception of the first blog (which vanished into the netherworld when platforms were switched), the blogs from previous years, although separate from one another, are richly linked, back and forth to provide examples and inspiration. You have the privilege of standing on the shoulders of all the other writers who have passed through these blog-doors.

Take a swing around the blogs from 2003- 2006, if you like, to get acquainted with the rhythms of this course. And above all, take a look at the writing of the students:

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Spring 2003 Spring 2004 Spring 2005 Spring 2006

Enjoy, too, the course blog from this past J-term: The Far Reaches of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction. We’re still posting to that blog, and are going to pull together an online ‘zine soon. Stay tuned.

This course is all about tapping into our deepest creative selves, learning to read as writers, taking risks with our writing that will lead to growth in our work and in ourselves. It is a course about exploration, about experimenting, about stretching our writing selves to their utmost. I will only ever post the assignments for the specific unit we’re in as it’s essential to grow the course in response to your needs as a writing community. What I can tell you is that we will spend three weeks in each of the following areas: multimedia experiments, creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry. The course title is “Introduction to Creative Writing,” and that means opening a lot of doors, peering inside, and trying out the tools lying about the place.  You’ll more about the course here, in the Course Overview.

Welcome aboard!