Second Required English Credit-3 Attendance required.
David Sedaris, Amy Vowell, Studs Terkel, Mike Birgbiglia, etc
NPR & Chuck Pala
Jack Kerouac, intro of “Mexico City Blues”– “think of this as one long jam session on a weekend afternoon, the prose sometimes finishing halfway thru the page, sometime
Elliott Smith + emotion… “Speed Trials” from Either/Or --- named my 3rd son after…. Smith’s singing described as “spider web thin”…
Chuck Palahnuik on NPR: His contest for people to write letters, and get a letter, and a box full of stuff from him. “Give your self permission when you write.”
Welcome to en 102 -sat 1-7-12--no sound
GRCC Winter 2012 John A Butler Composition
In 102, we view a variety of texts, and mediums, as well as explore and develop aspects of writing. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama will be our main focus. We will develop individual writing strength, and help minimize mistakes big and small.
Be on time… explaining Be familiar with various an assignment twice kinds of literature. delays the rest of the Have a critical view & class. appreciation for the Be prepared: paper & written word. pen(cil).. Whatever it Develop your prose, takes to participate in speak your mind . class. Help other people (& Laptops welcome! yourself) learn Cellphones– NOT* (at techniques to sustain least set to silent* ;) … writing practice.
Agenda at class startWe will have a list of goals eachweek, and a minimum of 250 wordessays due every week after.Buy/rent the book Between WorldsStart Reading!!Both class work and home work.By class end, approximately 40-60pages of text.I will provide models of what I amlooking for in your work, from startto finish.
A writer who writes straight is the architect of history.* John Dos Passos* and Editing is like reading the blueprints
Reading & Research WritingPrewriting: Wordassociation bubbles Review Building form &(example) : Be content:amazed at where a Edit mistakes & information may besingle word can go Change shape (if chronological, but is& grow necessary): do you that the most need more info? effective way to aim Are your sentences, narrative? paragraphs, and words accurate?
Think of prose as music: a word is a note,a sentence a stanza, a thesis the chorus: therhythm is established by each sentence.
“The Same But Different”: Just like a song, an essay (or anygood writing), completes a circle ofthought (and if written & editedwell enough, emotion…)
I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me. W Somerset Maugham
Visual people tend to need to see the written text– whereas audial learners tend to like to listen.Usually audio-visual learning goes hand in hand:sometimes we favor one over the other, but usingboth in delivery of content helps this learnergrasp most of what is said & seen.
Kinesthetic learners need movement,action, to help them learn. Is it hardto sit still in class for you? Ernest Hemingway was certainly kinesthetic: when he wrote, it was standing, at a table that was high enough for him to do so; moving around enabled him to concentrate better.
The best way to learn? Know Thyself…. Now the important thing is to be consistent in how you start your process.Reading Writing The main two elements, as seen above, may seem running in opposite directions…
Consistency is going to be achieved by routine:how you approach your work is going to influencehow the work ends. Helter-skelter approaches getyou helter-skelter process and conclusions…. Pre- Pre- reading writing Both pre-reading & pre-writing are excellent times for assessing what you know, and don’t know; taking good notes, and beginning/continuing good habits are critical for sustaining high levels of consistency….