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Wednesday, September 30

September 30, 2015

CNF Workshop: Today: finished Bain and workshopped Hamilton. Collected comments and annotations for Kreitzburg and Hill, which we’ll begin with Monday.

Here’s the schedule for the rest of the rotation:

Monday: Comments and annotations for Bett and Ohlund

Wednesday: Comments and annotations for Denny and Blackham

Monday, Oct. 12: Comments and annotations for Lepczyk, McClintock and Holley (end of Round 2)

Thursday, Oct. 15: Third round essay due on the blog by 8:45 a.m.

Since each round is taking approximately three weeks, you can figure that fourth-round essay will be due sometime the first week of November (maybe the 5th?) and the fifth-round piece will probably be due right before, or right after, Thanksgiving. Potentially, we could do a very short, sixth “bonus round,” though that would have to be for no more than three or four essays, as the calendar looks right now.

And as it looks now, revisions will be due on the blog on Monday, Jan. 4 — the day we return from Christmas break, and then we would spend the rest of the semester — the final four classes — workshopping revisions.

All of this, of course, is subject to change; a couple of unscheduled pre-emptions could wipe out the bonus round, for example. But that should give you a rough idea of how the rest of the semester should play out.

Screenwriting Workshop: Today we workshopped Anthony & Emmett. We’re holding over Mallory to Monday, and you also got Haley’s screenplay (also for Monday) – yes, that means there’s technically only one new screenplay officially assigned for Monday, please don’t be confused. 🙂

Mass Marketing: Copy deadlines:

Night of the Living Dead: October 15
Departmental: October 1
LAVA: November 1
Les Miserables: November 1
Lyrical Christmas Carol: November 19
Nutcracker: December 1
House of Pop: January 4
Reviews will always be due the day after the show.

Less Miserables: Finished Fiddler. Your responses to Fiddler or Singin’ in the Rain (your choice) will be due Friday at the beginning of class. Here is the response form if you need it: Less Miserables Response #3-4 Singin in the Rain and Fiddler on the Roof Sept 25

Friday we’re going to watch several clips, and talk some terminology that will come back to you very shortly. If you are absent, PLEASE check the blog to see what you missed.

Then Monday will be a work day, where you’ll have the opportunity to finish your pitches. (You can run them by Mr. Cageao to practice; he’s familiar with this process.) Because I’m giving you this time to work — and also because it’s professional to do this — I must insist that you have your pitch printed out and ready to go before your pitch day. Please don’t ask if you can print it during class, or even that morning. I’ll be glad to help you any time before then.

Remember: all you need is your one-page pitch. Supplementary materials are fine if you wish to include them, but all I need is the pitch. Here again are the guidelines, and the sample pitch, if you need them: Less Miserables Guide to Pitching

BatCat Press: SUBMISSIONS. Please note that I removed all of the “strong contender” tags – you can pretty much assume that they all are, in some way, at this point. Please make every effort to look at as many of these as possible for Friday (and if not for Friday, then DEFINITELY for Monday). Feel free to talk to one another outside of class about this stuff as well, but don’t scheme… to be continued!

Middle School Lit Arts: Today I gave you a new story — Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” — to read. Please have it read — along with the excerpt from Tom Gordon (pages 42 to 87) — for Monday.

You also worked on the first draft of your ghost story. (Is it a two-problem story? It doesn’t have to be — but perhaps it is?) We’ll be collecting these drafts at the end of class next Wednesday.

Middle School:

Survey: Poetry: Quiz on Chapters 1, 3, 4 and 5. Then we began talking about syllabics and meter. Please read Chapter 6 for Monday — focusing particularly on the sections “From Syllabics to Meter” and “The Importance of Line Length.”

Written homework for Monday: create three examples (a line apiece) of iambic pentameter and trochaic pentameter.

Survey: Fiction: Assignment 1 was due at the beginning of class – everyone present seemed to hand one in, thanks!

We finally defined “voice” in a couple different ways and also talked about persona as it applies both to life and to this class. Remember that you can think of persona as having different “levels” – the first would be your public self, the second would be a distorted self (acting or speaking in a deliberately changed way to suit a setting or situation, or for some other reason), and the third is a fictional persona, in which you (the writer) take on a character as a kind of mask. In this class, you’ll be operating primarily in this last level.

We used Prompt #5 as a jumping off point for all of this: Fiction 9.30.15 – Prompt 5, voice & persona. If you did not finish Part B, it is homework (to be checked on Monday. Notebooks won’t be collected till perhaps the end of next week, or sometime the following week. Mid-October).

The official homework for Monday is to read The Jilting of Granny Weatherall (pg. 675). There will be a quiz, as usual.

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