Great work so far!
This is the homestretch of your drafting process for final writing projects. At this point I’ve given us an extra few days to do radical revisions on our drafts, which will get us to the point where we are set to do small/micro edits.
Attached here are the PromptsForRadicalRevision, a link to a list of prompts meant to help you radically revise your final project. Use this list of prompts by choosing the 1-3 (1 min., 3 max) prompts that you feel will best aid you in your revision/development process. Work with those you’ve chosen between now and Sat (polishing work will be all that remains of your writing process once Sat class begins). These are not, like the checklist items, additional obligatory pieces of language to include in your drafts, but are simply prompts to help you along in the writing and developing/rewriting process.
Also, and related—here are a couple additional reminders as we move through this final week of writing:
REMINDER 1: CENTRAL CONSTRAINT/QUESTION AND CHECKLIST ITEMS: Make sure—as you choose 1-3 prompts for radical revision from the list linked here—that you are keeping the central challenges (the main constraint, i.e, question, as linked on the blog two posts below this one) not just in mind, but are actively transferring your individual response(s) to such a challenge/central question onto paper! This is to say that by now most of you are doing well with and getting close to accounting for, in your drafts, all the items of language in the checklist we’re working with (this checklist of items, remember, is linked in the same post as the central challenge/question, and is meant to work you towards the larger challenge/question). However, a few of you are still struggling to find ways to respond to the central challenge or “central question” (however you prefer to think of it) that I posed for us for final projects.
Finding ways to intentionally respond here is crucial, since doing so, among other things, demonstrates your particular way of synthesizing, in one final piece, a selection of materials, texts, problems, and questions wrestled with so far in class and that you are passionate about. And recall that this central challenge really does take the form of a question to respond in your own way to: to investigate and explore what “writing a future history out of struggle” can come to mean for you and your readers. The radical revision process these last few days is a last shot at finding ways to more intentionally take on and confront, if you still need to, this “grounding” or central question/challenge. Including each of the items from the checklist of “items of language to include in final projects” gets you mostly there, or anyway a good way towards deeply responding to the central question/challenge of the project–but there still might be synthesizing work for you to do beyond how you worked the checklist. Take a moment these next few days to see where you are, both in terms of the checklist, as well as with regard to the larger picture.
REMINDER 2: SCHEDULE. Here is a reminder about the final schedule (list of due dates) for your final project writings:
a) Full drafts are now being radically revised so they can be ready for polishing/smaller content and copy edits next class. This means that the radically revised draft is due next class, on Saturday (Week 9), the initial due date for this draft version being pushed back by one class, thus giving us a few extra days for radical revision than originally planned for.
b) Final pieces—as in, as complete as it gets, i.e., your final drafts as will appear in your portfolios for this course—are due (to be shared and sent to me) by class-time, Weds of Week 10. So from next class until the following Weds we’ll have time to do “clean up” on our writings—smaller-scale copy and other “micro” edits.
c) Sharing of Final Projects: Week 10, both Weds and Sat, will be reserved for sharing of final projects, through live readings both days, as well as through submitting your piece, in whole or in part, for publication to our own tumblr web journal, or to another public literary/arts journal (up to you which of these you decide to pursue).
d) Week 11 is better known as eval week! More on evals in another post. That is, I’ll be posting soon and also sending you an emailed write-up of what I went over briefly in class this evening — regarding what is expected in this course for evals (written/typed self and faculty evals). Remember to utilize the Writing Center this week as well as during weeks 9 and 10 for your final writing projects!