Modulating suspense

Consider these example stories.

In a small group, rate the suspense of each section of Boyle’s story on a scale from one to ten.

  • Discuss you’ve noticed about the modulation of suspense.

As an individual, chart the suspense in William’s story, then Kemper’s, then Woodman’s.

  • In a pair, compare your charts. Account for differences and similarities.

Finally, in a small group chart the suspense in Bender’s story.

What techniques or strategies does this suggest for modulating suspense in your own work?

 

Remember Percy’s suspense-o-meters can be part of planning/pre-writing, but they can also be useful when revising.

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2010 Negative example

This is a negative example of an annotated bibliography. Which of the criteria does it fail to meet? What problems does it have? How can you be sure your annotation meets more of the criteria than this one?

 

By: Blackmon, Wayne D. American Journal of Psychotherapy.  Fall1994, Vol. 48 Issue 4, p624-632. 9p. DOI: 10.1176/appi.psychotherapy.1994.48.4.624.

Wayne talks about three patients he had who benefited from playing the game. One patient played for five hours each week, another played for three, and the third only got to play for one hour! I like this source. They played a game called Savage Word. Wayne says that he tried to create situations in the game that would let the patients practice experiencing things that gave them stress in the real world. This stressful things were just in the game, so the patients knew they were not in the real world. So, they could consider the stressful thing from an emotional distance and think about it without it being too personal. Then, when they did encounter the stressful thing in the real world they were ready for it because they had already thought about it as part of the game that they had played with Wayne. It is wonderful that Wayne thought of this. The thing about this is that I don’t know if the game mechanics of most games are flexible for most doctors in Wayne’s position to do this. Also, a big part of most games is randomness, from either like dice or sometimes shuffled cards. Its not really the game without randomness, but what if the randomness happens in a way that freaks the patient out? That’s not good. How to do patients really make the switch from games to IRL. Maybe if patients are afraid of spiders IRL they could beat some giant spiders in the game, but if patients are afraid to talk to their boss about vacation days, how would that work in the fame? It’s not like dragons sit on piles of vacation days.

 

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2250 Poetry criteria 2.0

  1. Give a general reaction to what you’ve read.
  2. How might the language of the poem be condensed? Which line or stanza break is most significant? Why?
  3. How do rhyme or rhythm add to the poem? Which phrases seem stilted or unnatural?
  4. Identify images by quoting at least two. What is the object in at least one image? In the same image, which senses are appealed to with which words?
  5. How does punctuation add to the poem? What examples of figurative language are present in the poem?
  6. What is the most confusing part of the poem? Quote any obvious clichés.
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2250 Tercets

Here are some examples of tercets.

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2010 Final exam Fall 2018

This final exam is worth fifteen points.

As we’ve discussed during the semester, the exam consists of you sending your final proposal in a business letter format to your audience.

To demonstrate that you have sent it, either CC or BCC me on an email to your audience, or have me watch you put a hard copy into an addressed, stamped envelope. Once the envelope is sealed, I’ll put it in the mail for you.

The late paper policy, as written on the syllabus, applies to the final exam. Turn the exam in on time by demonstrating you’ve sent it before the end of the final exam period which corresponds to your section number on the 11th of December. The exam times are listed at the end of the syllabus. As long as I’m CC’ed, emailing the final exam demonstrates that you’ve sent it.

I will be in my office (CB 407 F) during the final exam period if you need to visit with me in person.

If you have questions about any of this, please contact me.

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3420 Final exam Fall 2018

This take-home final exam is worth fifteen points. The late paper policy as described by the syllabus applies to the final exam. Turn the exam in by emailing it to me before it is due. It is due by the end of the final exam period. When you email the exam, include “English 3420,” the phrase “final exam,” and your name in the subject line.

For the final exam, submit a short story for publication and document that submission.

As you are researching venues for publication, be sure to select venues that are likely to publish your work. Pick a publication that will email you an acknowledgment of your submission. For the final, email a copy of that acknowledgment to me following the guidelines above.

If you have questions about this final, please contact me.

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2250 Final exam Fall 2018

This take-home final exam is worth fifteen points. The late paper policy as described by the syllabus applies to the final exam. Turn the exam in by emailing it to me before it is due. It is due by the end of the final exam period. When you email the exam, include “English 2250” or “English 225H,” the phrase “final exam,” and your name in the subject line.

For the final exam, submit poems and a short story for publication and document those submissions. If you are taking this class as part of UVU’s Honors Program, you are required to submit and document two stories and two sets of poems. Each story and set of poems should be submitted to different publications.

As you are researching venues for publication, be sure to select venues that are likely to publish your work. Pick a publication that will email you an acknowledgment of your submission. Most will do so automatically, but receiving an acknowledgement is your responsibility. For the final, email a copy of that acknowledgment to me following the guidelines above.

If you have questions about this final, please contact me.

 

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