Recast Essay

Workshop 2 found us developing images into spoken details. We then transformed those details into words in order to build upon them. The end result was a narrative or story. In Workshop 3, we’ll create a bunch of genre sketches – basically through a variety of genre-focused free writes – and develop one of them into the final essay. The essay’s final form (whether it is a persuasive, expository, meditative, analytical, or descriptive essay – or a combination of more than one form, or perhaps something else entirely) is up to you. And while I want to leave this completely open to you to explore and find meaning for yourself, I’d like you to not draft another narrative. [1] A large part of this course is to get you thinking and trying new things, including new forms of writing. Push yourself to consider writing something you may have never written before. We’ll be working with the idea of genre here, familiarizing ourselves with the term and doing some trial freewriting in different genres. As you should all know by now, keep pushing yourselves and your boundaries. Strive for lively and interesting writing and ideas. Don’t be afraid to experiment or venture into unknown waters. Avoid bland, thoughtless sentences. Say what you mean. And remember: all the elements of “good” writing are interconnected. Consider them. Consult your syllabus for the paper’s physical requirements. Any essay fewer than 3+ pages is probably not quite thorough enough, so push yourself but avoid the fluff (fluff has no place in Good Writing and is frowned upon mightily)! Final essays will be due via Eli on Monday, November 7 by the beginning of class. Also, remember to write a Process (Cover) Letter along with your essay. [1] Any piece of writing can have narrative elements, parts that explain something via story or discuss something in the context of a story; however, any essay that is simply nothing more than another Narrative will be docked points and discussed with the writer.

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