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Thursday, Jan. 5

January 5, 2017

CNF Workshop people, please note: Your revisions are due on the blog  by 8 a.m. Friday. You are to have WRITTEN comments, using this template: cnf-workshop-written-comment-form-revisions for McKinzie, Kashuba and LeRoy tomorrow. After you post your revision, we are done with the blog.

Public Speaking people, please note: We plan to meet in the Black Box tomorrow. If you were absent Wednesday, I expect you to have your revised speech (and note cards, if you’re using them) printed and ready to turn in at the beginning of the block. 

History of Horror people, please note: If you were absent Wednesday, I expect you to have your final project ready to turn in at the beginning of the block. 


Spongebob: Today we reviewed the remaining final projects. They were generally successful, and I think people did a pretty good job of analyzing the archetypes provided. It probably goes without saying that it’s easier to establish an archetype with a little more space than what I gave you here.

I would add this: that while analyzing archetypes can be difficult, and while no list of archetypes (including ours) can really claim to be definitive, it is not an accident that biggest, most successful stories — whether they be novels, films or TV shows — are heavily populated with familiar archetypes, and built around familiar archetypal plots. I can’t give you a better example than Moana. This is because people crave, above all else, familiarity. There are very few people who legitimately want to see/read something that has no relation to anything they’ve ever experienced before — no matter what they might say.

As writers, our job is not to do life — only life does life. We do life better. Not happier, necessarily, but better. Our job is to try to make some sense of life, because life often doesn’t seem to make sense. We impose some meaning on it. And archetypes — simplifying characters so that they become more familiar — is a big part of that process.

Tuesday we review for the final, which will be Thursday. I recommend your attendance at both sessions.

Critical Reading: You turned in your notes from Tuesday’s groups project, and had time to work on your final, which is due next Tuesday.

Siren: Continued working on the January edition. Remember: Susan Zanke with USA Today will visit, weather permitting, next Thursday, the 12th, to train everyone on how to use the blog. Plan accordingly.

Style: You handed in your notes/excerpts for the final project, as described below:

For Thursday, Jan. 5: Bring in both the material you are selecting as your style (it must be a HARD COPY and be able to be handed in; if you bring in an entire book, make a photocopy of an excerpt in advance) as well as written notes on the style – 5 points of discussion at a minimum, preferably more.

Here are the guidelines for your final project: style-1-3-17-final-style-guidelines, which is due Tuesday, Jan. 10. We’ll have an in-class reading.

Reading for Writers: Began watching the Academy Award-winning Life is Beautiful. We’ll continue Tuesday.

Survey: Poetry: A very close, hard-fought review game for the final. Team No Will To Cattywampus (Aloi, Buckley, Brilmyer, Haddox, Duffy, Shafran, Caudill) will be rewarded at the appropriate time.

The final exam is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 10, with a makeup date of Thursday, Jan. 12.

Your final poetry assignment is due Tuesday, Jan. 17. Don’t forget the analysis! The guidelines are here: guidelines-for-final-poetry-project-2016

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