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.