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The point of poetry

From Kenneth Koch and Kate Farrell’s Sleeping on the Wing: Suppose you want to get an experience into words so that it is permanently there, as it would be in a painting—so that every time you read what you wrote, you reexperienced … Continue reading

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412r final exam Fall 17

The final exam is worth twenty-five points. For the final, read your secondary text as a fiction writing textbook. You picked your secondary text early during this semester. Identify a fiction writing technique taught by the text. Your identification should … Continue reading

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2250 final exam Fall 17

This take-home final exam is worth twenty-five points. It is due by the end of the final exam period on December 12 from 9:00-10:50 am. The late paper policy as described by the syllabus applies to the final exam. Turn … Continue reading

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2010 final exam Fall 17

This final exam is worth twenty-five 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 … Continue reading

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Characterization and work

This exercise has its roots in Benjamin Percy’s excellent Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction, specifically the “Get a Job” chapter. Characterize by writing about the character’s job. Address at least the following prompts: How did the character get the job? … Continue reading

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2010 Proposal example

In a small group, read and grade this APA-style example proposal. Use our criteria. Note any problems you see for our later discussion. Emily Hanna Rethinking Recycling: Why Reusing Needs to Be User Friendly Many people hold on to the belief … Continue reading

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Proposals and urgency

Consider these examples of early paragraphs in proposal essays.

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