Author: Anne de Marcken (page 1 of 2)

Blog Prompt: Week 10

Due: 8 (or 9) posts. Due Wednesday, Week 10, 11:00am.

Objective:

Assemble a narrative from the blog posts you’ve written this quarter.

There are three parts to your final blog assignment:

Part 1: Clean Up and Tag Your Posts

  • Review all of your posts from the quarter. There should be a total of 45-63 (9 weeks of prompts x 5-7 posts).
  • Make sure your posts are correctly categorized according to the week they were written.
  • Make sure none of your posts are categorized as “uncategorized.”
  • Make sure that all the categories appear in your blog’s primary menu.
  • For most of you, there should be categories for Weeks 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 and “Blog Narrative”…but if you did not go on the field trip, you will also have Week 5. If you haven’t already, you need to add this category and make sure it is in your Custom Menu…refer to the How-To instructions on this topic.
  • Tag each post to identify reoccurring themes, subjects or ideas.
  • If you have not repaired or addressed any technical problems with your site called to your attention by faculty or a classmate, now is the time.

Part 2: Cumulative Blog Narrative

  • As you review and tag your posts from the past weeks, select one representative post from each of the 7 (or 8) weeks for which you were assigned a prompt.
  • These posts are the elements (events) of a cumulative narrative. Together they should tell a kind of story…the story of your independent creative inquiry.
  • There is no need to alter the original posts, though please do correct any typos. Simply categorize them in the new “Blog Narrative” category, in addition to their original category. Do not remove them from their original category! A post can be in more than one category. The posts you choose will magically appear in two places on your blog: in their original weekly category and in the new category.

Part 3: Process/Artist’s Statement—the 8th Post

  • After you’ve selected a post from all 7 (or 8) weeks, write a new, final post to serve as a culminating statement—a kind of postscript—for this creative inquiry you’ve been engaged in throughout the quarter.
  • Categorize it in the “Blog Narrative” category.
  • Because it will have been written last, it will appear first in the list of your “Blog Narrative” posts, will provide context for the posts and for the blog as a part of your broader creative endeavor this quarter, and also will lend a sense of completion or wholeness to the body of your work.

Blog Prompt: Week 9

Due:

5-7 posts, uploaded to your blog no later than Friday, 10:00am.

Objective:

Again using the looping technique practiced in class and given once before as a generative blog prompt, use the writing of your classmates—or your own writing—as a leaping off point. Revisit a post you want to take further or examine from a changed perspective. Go somewhere you haven’t before. Go deeper. It’s your last chance.

Prompt:

  1. Every day, read a variety of your own and your classmates’ blog posts from the previous weeks.
  2. Every day, select one of these posts to use as the leaping-off point. Choose posts that inspire you in a variety of ways.
  3. Draw one line from the selected post.
  4. Write this line on “a fresh page” outside the blog environment.
  5. Write for 5 minutes, drawing from your own experiences, questions and observations.
  6. Read what you just wrote. This is not your blog post.
  7. Pull forward one line.
  8. Write this line on “a fresh page.”
  9. Again, write for 5 minutes.
  10. This still is not your blog post.
  11. Select a line.
  12. Use this line to start the final loop; write it on a fresh page.
  13. Write for 5 minutes.
  14. Reread this. Still not your blog post.
  15. Now, having done all this generative, exploratory work, write again—synthesize, refine, edit. Craft a finished paragraph that synthesizes the ideas, feelings, observations and images that issued from the loops. To “craft” is to pay attention to the ways form and content work together to convey meaning. This final short piece may be a “snapshot,” a scene, a nugget of insight, a series of questions…something that feels complete in its own way.
  16. This is your post! Copy and paste it into your blog.
  17. IMPORTANT: At the start of each post, before your own finished writing:
    1. write the original line you used as your inspiration in quotes,
    2. credit the author by first name only,
    3. hyperlink the line to its source. Use Hypertext How-To for help.

Note: A “Looping How-to” has been posted separately. It provides a tiny bit more guidance on the looping exercise.

Blog Community Service:

Throughout the week, read and respond to your classmates’ posts. Remember, critique is reserved for structured workshop settings.

Formal Requirements:

  • Posts may include images and text.
  • All content must be original—of your own making.
  • There is no minimum or maximum length for this assignment. Keep the publishing format in mind.

Blog Prompt: Week 8

Due:

5-7 posts, uploaded to your blog no later than Friday, 10:00am.

Prompt:

For each post, choose an individual from your life, from literature, from your own writing.

Create a list of the things that individual has taught you; the list should be entitled, “Things That X Taught Me.”

Create a list of the things that the same individual did not teach you; this list should be entitled, “Things That X Did Not Teach Me.”

List items can be short or paragraph-long.

Lists can be in the shape of a list, or can run together as a block of text.

The post can be these lists, or you can “loop” an item from one list or the other in order to arrive at a more synthesized piece.

Blog Community Service:

Throughout the week, read and respond to your classmates’ posts. Remember, critique is reserved for structured workshop settings. Be respectful and encouraging.

Formal Requirements:

  • You may respond with images and/or text
  • All content must be original—of your own making.

 

 

Blog Prompt: Week 7

Due: 5-7 posts, uploaded to your blog no later than Friday, 10:00am.

Objective: Notice what women are saying and how they are saying it.

Prompt:

Each day, pay attention to the things women around you are saying. Listen. Tune in. Eavesdrop.

Listen to the woman next to you in line, the woman on the news, the woman on the phone, the woman in bed next you. Pay attention to what women are saying to each other, to others, and how they are saying it. Pay attention to who you think of as a woman and how you decide this.

Develop an ear for dialogue, for character.

Listen for the ordinary and the extraordinary. Write it down. Try to get it right. Attribute it, being respectful of privacy as appropriate. Capture the important details, but don’t write a character sketch…give your primary attention to what she says and how she says it, not to how she appears or behaves. If the person is a stranger on a bus, for example, attribute her words to “stranger on the 41.” You can mention who she is saying it to: “stranger on the 41 to her toddler.” If the person is a meteorologist, use her name if you like, or just say something like, “KING 5 meteorologist.”

Record as much as you can…choose what stands out…or choose what doesn’t. Represent the world in its banality if that is what you find most interesting.

You may document just one line per day, or as many as you like.

Don’t use written sources: no books, letters, papers, etc. Only listen.

Blog Community Service: Throughout the week, read your classmates’ posts & respond to at least three. Remember, critique is reserved for structured workshop settings.

Formal Requirements:

  • Every post must be text-based.
  • All content must be original—of your own making.
  • There is no minimum or maximum length for this assignment. Keep the publishing format in mind.

Blog Prompt: Week 6

Due:
5-7 posts, uploaded to your blog no later than next Friday, 10:00am.

Prompt:
Each day, answer one of the 12 questions from Bhanu Kapil’s The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers. Indicate which question you are answering by including it either at the top or bottom of your post.

  1. Who are you and whom do you love?
  2. Where did you come from / how did you arrive?
  3. How will you begin?
  4. How will you live now?
  5. What is the shape of your body?
  6. Who was responsible for the suffering of your mother?
  7. What do you remember about the earth?
  8. What are the consequences of silence?
  9. Tell me what you know about dismemberment.
  10. Describe a morning you woke without fear.
  11. How will you / have you prepare(d) for your death?
  12. And what would you say if you could?

Blog Community Service:
Throughout the week, read & respond to at least 3 posts made by classmates. Use the program website “Blog Hub” for a list of each others’ process blogs. Remember, critique is reserved for structured workshop settings.

Formal Requirements:

  • All content must be original—of your own making.
  • Your posts should average between 150-250 words, but this is just a loose reference…no actual requirement or limit.

Blog Prompt: Week 4

Due:
5-7 posts, uploaded to your blog no later than next Friday, 10:00am.

Objective:
“I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking.” Christopher Isherwood.

Attempt to write as if you are a camera, not thinking, only recording, capturing the essence of a scene, a moment, an event, a person…rather than explaining.

Prompt:
Using words, capture one or more “snapshots” per post.

Try not to use abstract words like “amazing,” “ugly,” “beautiful,” “incredible,” etc.

Capture descriptive details of action, setting, objects, and people. Be specific. Be concrete.

Resist indirect discourse: thoughts and feelings that cannot be observed.

Blog Community Service:
Throughout the week, read and respond to your classmates’ posts. Remember, critique is reserved for structured workshop settings. Be respectful and encouraging.

Formal Requirements:

  • Every post must be text-based.
  • All content must be original—of your own making.
  • There is no minimum or maximum length for this assignment. Keep the publishing format in mind.

 

Blog Prompt: Week 3

Due:
5-7 posts, uploaded to your blog no later than Friday, 10:00am.

Objective:
Using the looping technique practiced in class and to create your posts last week, use the writing of your classmates to expand your view and deepen your inquiry of personal and cultural narratives through creative writing. Keep in mind ideas explored during Day of Absence/Day of Presence…notice how you are absent and/or present in the writing of others and in your own writing…notice who is absent and who is present in your own writing. Any given narrative leaves out almost all of life; notice the choices you make about what and who  to make space for and how.

Prompt:

  1. Every day, read a variety of your classmates’ blog posts from the previous week. Make it your aim to have read at least one post by each classmate by the end of the week.
  2. Every day, select one of these posts to use as the leaping-off point into your own writing. Work from a variety of people’s posts—a different classmate each day. Choose posts that inspire you in a variety of ways; choose some you relate to and others that are foreign to your own experience/understanding/style.
  3. Draw one line from the selected post.
  4. Write this line on “a fresh page” outside the blog environment.
  5. Write for 5 minutes, drawing from your own experiences, questions and observations.
  6. Read what you just wrote. This is not your blog post.
  7. Pull forward one line.
  8. Write this line on “a fresh page.”
  9. Again, write for 5 minutes.
  10. Read. This still is not your blog post.
  11. Select a line.
  12. Use this line to start the final loop; write it on a fresh page.
  13. Write for 5 minutes.
  14. Reread this. Still not your blog post.
  15. Now, having done all this generative, exploratory work, write again—synthesize, refine, edit. Craft a finished paragraph that synthesizes the ideas, feelings, observations and images that issued from the loops. To “craft” is to pay attention to the ways form and content work together to convey meaning. This final short piece may be a “snapshot,” a scene, a nugget of insight, a series of questions…something that feels complete in its own way.
  16. This is your post! Copy and paste it into your blog.
  17. IMPORTANT: At the start of each post, before your own finished writing:
    1. copy the original line you used as your inspiration in quotes,
    2. credit the author by first name only,
    3. hyperlink the line to its source. Use Hypertext How-To for help.

Note: A “Looping How-to” is been posted separately. It provides a tiny bit more guidance on the looping exercise.

Formal Requirements:

  • Every post must be text-based.
  • All content must be original—of your own making.
  • There is no minimum or maximum length for this assignment. Keep the publishing format in mind.
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