Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday 4/16/2014 Class

Scene-by-scene stories:  couple up, and exchange.  "Map out" how the story moves forward using a storyboard.  Come up with a short two or three sentence précis of the story, focusing on beginning, middle and end.  Discuss in class.

Titles:  let's list out all the titles you came up with, and then decide on which make the process of drafting a story easiest.  What does a title do and mean for a story?  How can it be "unpacked"?  Then each student selects his/her favorite title and starts a story in class.

Flannery O’Connor in Mysteries and Manners:  “I know a good many fiction writers who paint, not because they’re any good at painting, but because it helps their writing.  It forces them to look at things.  Fiction writing is very seldom a matter of saying things; it is a matter of showing things.   However, to say that fictions proceeds by the use of detail does not mean the simple, mechanical piling-up of detail.  Detail has to be controlled by some overall purpose, and every detail has to be put to work for you.  Art is selective.  What is there is essential and creates movement.”   What does it mean to “look”?  How do you “look” at things/people/places/events/etc?  Is there a difference between “looking” and “seeing”?  How is art “selective”?  In class writing:  describe what is right in front of you in a beautifully constructed paragraph. 

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