Creative Writing 9.21-9.25

Monday: I am a camera

Objective: After reading Christopher Isherwood’s “Goodbye Berlin” students will notice and render vivid details to describe a scene without trying to explain or interpret it as material for Creative Nonfiction piece.

Handouts: Creative NonFiction Exercises A-C, Writer’s Confession by Junot Diaz, I am a camera

Announcements/Upcoming: Collaboration day on Wednesday, Creative Writing Field Trip to see Vietgone by Qui Nguyen at South Coast Repertory on October 17 @ 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday: Things I was Taught/ Things I Wasn’t Taught

Objective: To elicit fresh and surprising insights into your relationship to family, friends, community, and the world.

Handouts: Ian McEwan’s Advice for Aspiring Writers, Mentor Text from Dark, Student Sample

Wednesday: I Want to Know Why

Objective: Identify interesting gaps in your understanding or knowledge in order to generate raw material for short stories.

Handouts: How to tell if you’re a writer, John Iriving, Student Sample

Thursday: Where I’m From

Objective:  Identify important characters from inner circle of friends and background characters that reveal a sense of place.

Handouts: Cisneros on Search for Place and Fiction, Mentor text, Student Samples

Friday:  Writers’ Workshop