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To describe the world . . .

To describe the world more fully is to change it. To let the world go undescribed is, in some way, not to know it, at one’s own peril. ~Elif Batumann

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A true work of fiction . . .

A true work of fiction does all of the following things, and does them elegantly, efficiently: it creates a vivid and continuous dream in the reader’s mind; it is implicitly philosophical; it fulfills or at least deals with all of … Continue reading

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2250 Final exam Fall 2019

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 … Continue reading

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4420 Final exam Fall 2019

This final exam is worth fifteen points. As we’ve discussed, the exam consists of you identifying three potential markets for your novella. Each potential market should have a brief paragraph devoted to it, explaining why it is a good fit … Continue reading

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2010 Final exam Fall 2019

This final exam is worth fifteen points. As we’ve discussed during the semester, the exam consists of you sending your final proposal to your audience. To demonstrate that you have sent it, either CC or BCC me on an email … Continue reading

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Two examples of synthesis

Let’s take a look at these two synthesis examples.

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Reading as a writer: “The Wig”

Consider these questions about this story. What did you learn about characterization from the story? Describe power shifts that lead toward the crisis moment. Which fiction writing technique was best exemplified in the story? Why? How might you apply a … Continue reading

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