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2250 Workshop 29Aug18

Here are a few poems for us to talk about.

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Starting fiction

From David Starkey’s excellent Creative Writing, these are some strategies for starting a story.

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2250 Figurative language and extended metaphors

First, from David Starkey’s Creative Writing, I.A. Richards coined the terms tenor for the subject to which a metaphor is applied and vehicle for the metaphoric term itself. If we say, to borrow an example from Aristotle’s Rhetoric, that a warrior was … Continue reading

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2250 Formal poems

Here are suggestions on starting and examples of villanelles, prose poems, ghazals, pantoums, and the sestina.

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2250 Toward iambic pentameter

From Patrick Gillespie’s “PoemShape” site, consider how he moves from a prose paragraph and works it into iambic pentameter lines. Gillespie’s lines are in italics; Plutarch’s aren’t. Here are the prose paragraphs he starts with: Therefore when she was sent unto … Continue reading

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Replying to alternative solutions: five examples

Two found: “It might be objected that the books to be found in my study, even at random, are unlikely to be utterly valueless to me, for I selected them all myself. To meet this objection to my thesis that … Continue reading

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Saving the Cat

Consider this structure for plotting from Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat and Publishingcrawl.com: Opening image An image/setting/concept that sets the stage for the story to come. Long ago, in a galaxy far away, a controlling government called the Empire takes control … Continue reading

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2250 Details

We’ll talk about Ted Kooser’s discussion of details in class.

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2250 Syllabics

Consider this example of syllabics from Ted Kooser’s The Poetry Home Repair Manual.

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4420/4425 Planning

Here is an example of some of the planning of a book you’re probably familiar with.

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