From Elizabeth George’s Write Away, a brief consideration of plots.
Interview at least two other characters about the main character:
Write a scene between one of these two characters and the main character that exemplifies the answer to at least one of these questions.
Consider this excerpt from a scene in Ben Winters’s excellent The Last Policeman. After reading it, answer the following questions:
Draft a scene for your novella. Take a moment to plan it. Be able to describe techniques you’ve used.
From Benjamin Percy’s outstanding collection of essays, Thrill Me, here are “Designing Suspense” and “Modulation.” Read them carefully. We will talk about them in class.
Let’s workshop this poem together before we look at each other’s work.
Snow came down February 15th feeling bad
I’d slept on the couch the night before
and suddenly the next morning cold
was thick on the ground, white, heavy with water
My wife asked me if we have two shovels I’d
thought of them one light plastic the other heavier,
a hefty blade of ragged tin splintered wood
We shoveled together the cold grew less bitter
Back in the house, our children threw soft sticks
of butter at each other, probably
shared plates of leftover greasy, cold chicken
with the dog I hate so much often, we
divide tasks my wife and I as our breath
fogged the air we worked side by side forging warmth.
The 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.
For the final exam, submit a set of poems and two short stories for publication and document those submissions. 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. Newpages.com can help you find venues for publication. Submittable.com is often a part of the submission process, as I demonstrated in class.
If you have questions about this final, please contact me.