Tales from the future 2

Another thing I wanted very much when I was a science fiction-loving child was a computer in my head. Just sign me up for the chip and I was for it, despite my going to a school district in California that had Orwell’s 1984 on their mandatory reading list for  7th grade. I’m still a bit in […]

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The Unspoken Subject: Writer’s Block

An unexpected side effect of my mother’s death at the end of June was that suddenly I was not writing. The sadness filled all corners for a while and I suppose I could have powered through and finished projects that needed to be done, but it was like a sore spot that I knew better […]

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Revision and Writing in School

Sometimes I have to take a step back from all the writing theory I’ve read and my personal writing experience that reinforces what I’ve read and consider what my writing practices were before I knew what I know now about revision. Specifically, I want to separate writing practices for publication and writing on demand, i.e., […]

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The Rules

This summer I will be blogging for my English 203: Introduction to Creative Writing/ Poetry class. It is online-only, so I want them to have as many streams of information and interactions possible, so why not go to the beginning of social media (at least I think of it this way), the blog? Comments are […]

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Exploratory Writing

One of the two larger writing assignments in the blended Writing I I’m teaching is an exploratory essay, a form of writing that my students have not experienced before. That does not surprise me. The exploratory essay isn’t really an end unto itself, although a good exploratory can be very readable on its own. No, […]

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Connectivity brainstorming

So my Writing I class is beginning their semester-long arc on “connectivity” by doing a little brainstorming. The assignment goes as follows: Short Project 1 gives you the opportunity to present your ideas through Prezi presentation software or something similar. For the presentation, you should use  Prezi, Storify, Pinterest, Popplet, PowerPoint, Keynote, or other mind-­mapping software like FreeMind to […]

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Writing Vacation

This is an opposite land kind of term: instead of taking a vacation from writing, this winter break I took a vacation from daily life tasks and made writing a priority. I blocked out Tuesday through Friday (today!) for revising a book chapter I was lucky enough to get accepted in an edited collection coming […]

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