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An Open Field: Susan Howe in Conversation. “The Angel Standing in the Sun," by J. W. Turner. Poets.org: In your book, That This, which is largely about the death of your husband, the philosopher Peter H. Hare, you write: “Art is a mystery; artifice its form.” How were you thinking about form in relation to grief when writing this book? I’d also be interested to hear what you think about the relationship between personal grief and artifice? Susan Howe: In “The Noble Rider and the Sound of Words," Wallace Stevens says, “A poet’s words are of things that do not exist without the words.” I’m so involved with the sound of a sentence or a line, or a paragraph—there is almost no difference to me even if I’m anxious not to make scholarly mistakes.

On the night of my son’s wedding, Peter went to bed, seemingly in perfect health, and died in his sleep. During 2007 I had been working on an essay relating to Jonathan Edwards and Wallace Stevens. Poets.org: Poets weave history with personal history constantly in their work. Voice. After developing a foundation for analyzing poetry by using the strategies outlined in Lesson 2, students will read and discuss a selection of poems that specifically focus on themes that have been previously addressed in the literature read in class through out the year.

Students will continue to examine the significance of these themes as they materialize in the writings of a diverse group of poets. Among the themes that will be addressed are isolation, oppression, loyalty, sexism, autonomy, feminism, justice, and survival. Students will examine ways in which poets speak about these themes. They will begin to appreciate poetry as another medium for authors to express commentary on the pressing social issues of the times. Poems and Books Used Learning Objectives In this lesson, students will Time Frame Eight sixty minute classes Resources and Materials copies of aforementioned poemscopies of biographies on the poetscopies of related writings from novels and other written workspen/paper. Screenplay Format: A Guide To Industry Standard Script Formatting. What Is Hollywood Screenplay Format? If you ever want somebody in the film industry to read your story and seriously consider transforming it into a movie then there are a few rules you need to adhere to.

Principally format. Producers, agents, readers, actors and development executives - your first audience - need to be able to sit down with your work and imagine your words transformed into pictures and dialogue on the big screen. To do this, you have to help them. You have to take away as many obstacles as possible and make their reading experience enjoyable, engaging and most of all.. easy. Many people say that the first ten pages of a screenplay are the most important because if you haven't grabbed the reader by then, they may well put your script down and move on to the next in their pile. That's where the screenplay formatting guidelines come in. What Are The Industry Standard Script Formatting Guidelines? Once you understand the terminology you need to understand the script layout. How to write better sentences 6—phrases, and the cumulative sentence | The Incompetent Writer. So far with these posts, I’ve talked about the useful tip of putting the key word last, seeing short independent clauses as “kernels” of longer sentences, noun styles versus verb styles, hypotaxis and parataxis.

Now I’m going to talk about phrases, and describe the sorts of sentences they can make when combined with kernel clauses, sentences that can be very effective for writers of narrative fiction. What I am working towards, in this post and the next, is the grand theory of the “cumulative sentence,” explicated and codified by the writing theorist Francis Christensen—a powerful way of understanding how sentences work, and one that contradicts the “minimalist” view of writing made famous by Strunk, White, and Ernest Hemingway.

Clarity and brevity, urges Strunk; Christensen instead urges us to see a sentence as a living thing, developing, coiling, deepening. Phrases are usually named after the word that begins them. Prepositional phrase: I threw the ball in the dark courtyard. Or: Daniel. How to Write a Sentence, by Stanley Fish | Fiction Writers Review. It is already a commonplace, in essays and books on the craft of writing, that if you want to write good fiction, you must be able to write good sentences. The question Annie Dillard asks aspiring writers in The Writing Life—“Do you like sentences?” —is echoed, in longer form, by Francine Prose in the early pages of Reading Like a Writer.

Rick Moody, in his introduction to Amy Hempel’s Collected Stories, twice states that, “It’s all about the sentences,” a claim given poetic form by Gary Lutz, who calls the sentence the “one true theater of endeavor.” Indeed, the sentence is the most concrete unit of written prose, containing a definite beginning and end, the place where writers lay out logical connections between the parts of speech. We think in many shapes, but we write in sentences. Whatever we attempt in English prose—whether essay, tale, or recipe—unless it is unusually experimental, must be made of sentences.

It was in the books while it was still in the air. How to Write Better Sentences: Christensen’s Cumulative Sentence | The Incompetent Writer. Forgive me, but this is an exciting moment in the series. This post is part seven of “How to Write Better Sentences,” but it is also the final part of a trilogy, the earlier two parts discussing first clauses and then phrases. I am not sure if such a roundabout route was needed, but my personal experience, when first learning about the ideas of Francis Christensen and his successors, was that I lacked too much of the grammatical knowledge necessary to easily comprehend Christensen’s terminology.

My goal has been to break down a couple of preliminary ideas first: 1. Independent clauses can be seen as the kernels of bigger, more complicated sentences. A clause, containing a subject and a verb, an actor and an act, is necessary to make a complete sentence in English, and so one can strip out everything else, and just see the sentence’s seed, its starting point. 2. She poured the coffee, glaring at me in disgust. The kernel is in bold, and the phrase in italics. 1. 2. 3. 4. Pause for breath. Absolute Phrase(s) WAC Faculty Resources. What makes writing good is not what you put in but what you take out.. . . The old tennis pro who never moves. Line drawings by Picasso as an old man. If everything there is strong, the reader will put in what's not there. Silence is what's most powerful in music; space in art. A collage in the original sense, as used by artists, is a picture produced not by painting or drawing but by pasting objects on the canvas--objects such as theater tickets, bits of cardboard or tin or colored paper.

A written collage consists of separate, disconnected bits of writing, rather than of one continuous piece, that have been "pasted together. " Usually there are spaces or asterisks at the 'joints' between the pieces of writing. For many of us, as teachers, our initial response to a collage of words is perhaps a bit hesitant because the collage lacks many of the organizational principles which we look for when evaluating student writing. Variations on the Collage Assignment A Collage about Collages Advice: Line Breaks: They’re Not Just for Poetry Anymore. As someone who writes both poetry and prose, I’m often (okay… sometimes) asked to talk about the difference between the two.

Over the years, I’ve played around with all kinds of lofty pedagogical answers (firecrackers versus bottle rockets, making a long story short versus making a short story long, etc.) but really, I think it all comes down to line breaks. In my experience, poets and prose-writers tend to regard each other like members of vying, half-starved species observing a temporary armistice—which is unfortunate, because it’s also been my experience that some of the best poets have a healthy respect for prose, and vice versa. That was certainly the case with Raymond Carver, whose poems have a deceptively simple elegance and pacing that readily illustrate how narrative need not exist in paragraph form.

Put another way, Carver’s narrative poems are arbitrarily broken prose the way statues are arbitrarily chiseled blocks of marble. Again, it all comes down to line breaks. So, yeah. English 204/ Winter 2011: POEMS AND GRADES. 1. refer to the syllabus for poem criteria in my grading process (i.e., what I am looking for in a student’s poem). 2. here is the general procedure for revision and grades: · Bring a solid rough draft to workshop in class · receive comments from peers and myself · revise poem on your own or with peer(s), let it rest, revise again* (see #3) · at the midterm mark, give me revised drafts of all poems completed to that point; schedule a conference with me to go over them; receive ‘fake grades’ for each poem.

. · Revise again. . · Turn in all poems (plus major revisions of each poem) in your portfolio during finals week for your final, ‘real’ grade. 3. NOTE: you may conference with me about any of your poems at any time in the semester, during my regular office hours, or by appointment. Revision may well be the toughest part of writing.

How do you decide when to stop revising? Difficult question. What do you want to accomplish when you revise? Is revision necessary for poetry? Sure. By Peter E. 1. The 5 Best Ads of Super Bowl XLIX. On a night that had it all, these spots did their brands most proudBy Tim NuddFebruary 2, 2015, 9:36 AM EST The 5 Best Ads of Super Bowl XLIX Lots of ads wanted to do something socially conscious, but only P&G nailed it. Brands tried all sorts of approaches in their Super Bowl commercials this year—uplifting, amusing, awe-inspiring and yes, even horrifying. But only a handful of the ads truly hit that sweet spot where brilliant idea meets flawless execution.

Notably, it was a night when many advertisers tried to be not just entertaining but edifying—in particular, socially conscious. Coke's commitment to anti-bullying is admirable and important, and the broader campaign may well prove to be a creative success. Procter & Gamble's Always brand, though, reminded us yet again that you can make a brilliant ad with a social message as long as you have a clever creative concept. As far as the two archetypal Super Bowl approaches—comedy and spectacle—it was a mixed bag.

Clash of Clans "Revenge" Video: Writing Poems: 3 Strategies to Get You Started | Interlochen Adult Arts Programs. How it works - Learn at Home. Learn to code | Codecademy. Global markets rattled by Greece 'no' vote. SYDNEY/TOKYO – The euro and stock prices fell sharply in Asia on Monday after the Greeks had overwhelmingly rejected austerity measures demanded in return for bailout money, putting in doubt its continued place in the single currency. U.S. equity futures dropped around 1.4 percent while Japan’s Nikkei shares fell 1.4 percent and MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropped 0.5 percent. Adding to the anxiety among investors, China’s stock market face a make-or-break week after a 30 percent plunge in the last three weeks forced officials to roll out an unprecedented series of steps at the weekend to prevent a full-blown market crash.

While early price actions have been choppy, dealers emphasised that markets were orderly with no signs of financial strain and expectations were high that the European Central Bank would step in early with a pledge of extra liquidity. The euro was down 0.8 percent at $1.1015 but off an early low of $1.0967. Word Count Confusion - Books & Such Literary Management. 19 Websites and Magazines That Want to Publish Your Personal Essays. Grading writing: The art and science — and why computers can’t do it - The Washington Post.

A new debate about whether computers can really edit essay tests is really about how writing can best be graded. Here to delve into that issue is Doug Hesse, professor and executive director of writing at The University of Denver. He is co-author (with Lynn Troyka) of “The Simon and Schuster Handbook for Writers” and of “Creating Nonfiction” (with Becky Bradway). He is also a past chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication and a past president of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. By Doug Hesse Here’s a modest multiple-choice quiz: 1. A. 2. A. 3. A. I’ll explain the “right” answers below, though I hope you see what makes the quiz tricky, as it enacts complexities that writing teachers face daily. But what goes into professional writing teachers’ responses to student writing?

Any piece of writing is good or bad within at least five dimensions: These dimensions intersect, and teachers have to solve a cat’s cradle of their interactions to discern quality. Civil Rights: Now and Then | Reimagine! By Julian Bond The continuing disparity between black and white life chances is not a result of black life choices. It stems from an epidemic of racism and an economic system dependent on class division.

Abundant scholarship notwithstanding, there is no other possible explanation. The breakdown of the family, the absence of middle-class values, the lack of education and skills, the absence of role models—these are symptoms of racism. We must be careful not to define the ideology and practice of white supremacy too narrowly. It is greater than scrawled graffiti and individual indignity, such as the policeman’s nightstick, or the job, home, and education denied. It is rooted deeply in the logic of our market system and in the culturally defined and politically enforced prices paid for different units of labor.

Forgotten in the wave of inaugurations of new black mayors was the plight of blue collar blacks. The Black Condition Today The Truth about Affirmative Action Endnotes 1. 2. 3. Analysis / The Inkwell / First-Year Composition / English Department Writing Resources / FSU - English Department Writing Resources. Exercises: Critical Reading & Thinking Exercise with Beyond Words Purpose: Exploring and analyzing writing with a critical eye. This exercise will allow the students the opportunity to engage with a text, making notes, highlighting unknown words and phrases, arguing with the author, and questioning the written word for validity. Description: This exercise calls for the students to evaluate and freewrite on a text of your choice (an ad, an editorial, a TV commercial, etc.).

Paired Text: Activity Accompanies Beyond Words, “Reading Texts,” (8-53). Suggested Time: 30 minutes Procedure: Find some opinion-oriented piece of writing/visual material of substantial length and make enough copies for the class. Discussion/Follow-up: Ask the students to bring a page of an opinion-oriented piece of their own. Back to Top Exploring Culture: The Influence of Ads Purpose of Exercise: This exercise works well with an Ad-buster paper or project, or other cultural analysis/textual essay. Did anyone diverge? 1. Jon Franklin. How to Write a Bestselling Book This Year — The Definitive Resource List and How-To Guide. If you want to write a bestselling book, don’t reinvent the wheel. I get at least a dozen email a week from friends who want to write books.

After three #1 bestsellers from 2007 to 2012, and publishing in 35+ countries, I’ve tried a lot. Having experimented with everything from “traditional” (Random House) to Amazon Publishing, from BitTorrent Bundles to self-publishing audiobooks, I’ve developed strong opinions about… – What works and what doesn’t. – What sucks and what doesn’t. – What makes the most money and what doesn’t. This post is intended to answer all of the most common questions I get, including: – “Should I publish traditionally or self-publish?” – “How does a first-time author get a 7-figure book advance?” – “How do I get a good agent or publisher? My answers are grouped into sections, all of which include resource links.

As a prelude, here are two books I found useful when selling The 4-Hour Workweek, both as a proposal to publishers and as a finished book to the world: What’s New in Poetry, 1-15-15 | Real Pants. What Bill Clinton Wrote vs. What Bill Clinton Said. Jon Franklin and "Mrs. Kelly's Monster" - Nieman Storyboard. Untitled. Andrea Gibson: "Letter To A Playground Bully from Andrea (age 8)" Guante: What Makes Effective Spoken-Word or Slam Poetry? Become a slam poet in five steps - Gayle Danley. Writing Intros. Ways To Weave The Journal Into 112. Trying On Style Using Poe, Woolf, And Hemmingway. Take Out Your Pencils. Students' Academic Discourse. Youth Speaks - Brave New Voices - San Francisco - Organisation à but non lucratif. How to Write and Perform Spoken Word-Khalil Smith.

WriterMagazineArticle.pdf. SpokenWord-LearningGuide.pdf. Tips_for_writing_spoken_word_poetry.pdf. George Orwell: Politics and the English Language. Pc-24-66-vonnegut.pdf. Frostfig. 30 Great Articles and Essays about Words and Writing. Newspaper Blackout. Jen Bervin: Nets: The Sonnets of William Shakespeare. About Found Poetry | The Found Poetry Review. CPR - Chaos in Fourteen Lines by Annie Finch.