SCHEDULE

SCHEDULE

WEEK 2: Monday, January 27

1. Syllabus and introductions

2. Journal # 1 playback (chapt. 1)

3. RRF and “Cathedral” discussion.  (Journal # 2)

Break

4. Seeing cathedrals

5. ePortfolio

6. In-class writing (story starts, if time)

7. Assign workshop order


Assignment:

1. Read: Chapter 2. Journal # 3 on Chap. 2: Write an entry noting points that interested you in the chapter.

2. Read “Whose Heart I Long to Stop with the Click of a Revolver” by Rivers Solomon.

Journal # 4. Write an entry focusing on an aspect of this story.

3. Read: Chapter 3 and Journal # 5: Write an entry noting points that interested you in the chapter.

4. Exercise # 1: Bring to class, printed, 2 one-page story starts.

5. Optional: What would a poem be like…


WEEK 4: Monday, February 3

1. Carver poems?
2. Rain Flooding Your Campfire—quickly
3. Journal playback: Chap. 2 Character
4. P. 38 Questionnaire (if time)
5. RRF/Grading
6. Journal playback” “Whose Heart I Long to Stop with the Click of a Revolver” by Rivers Solomon.
7. Journal playback: Chap. 3 Plot
8. One-pagers—decide and why


Bonus material: Rain Flooding Your Campfire-Tess Gallagher

Toni Morrison—The Bluest Eye

Assignment:

1. Exercise # 2: Wicked Good Characters—print out and hand in next time.
2. Read: Chapter 4. Journal # 6 on Chap. 4. Write an entry noting points that interested you in the chapter.
3. Read: Chapter 5 Journal # 7 on Chap. 5. Write an entry noting points that interested you in the chapter.
4. Read: “Emergency” by Denis Johnson Journal # 8: Write an entry focusing on an aspect of this story.
5. Begin drafting short story # 1



WEEK 5: Monday, February 10
1. Wicked Good Characters—how’d it go?
2. How’s the story going?/return
3. Journal playback on Chap. 4. POV
4. “Emergency” by Denis Johnson & Neil Young’s “Cowgirl in the Sand”
5. Journal playback: Chap. 5 Description
6. Flash fic (if time): Image and time of year—300 words or less, a complete short moment of fiction.
7. Note: Draft 1 due, Monday, March 2. Assign dates.
March 9-4 stories
March 23-4 stories
March 30-3 stories

Assignment:
1. Read: “Cougar” by Maria Anderson. Journal # 9: Write an entry focusing on an aspect of this story.
2. Read: Chapter 6 Journal # 10 on Chap. 6-Dialogue. Write an entry noting points that interested you in the chapter.
3. Read: Chapter 7 Journal # 11 on Chap. 7-Setting and Pacing. Write an entry noting points that interested you in the chapter.
4. Exercise # 3: Flashbacking—print out and hand in next time.
5. Continue drafting short story # 1.


WEEK 6: Monday, February 17

1. Flashbacking—how’d it go?
2. How’s the story going?
3. Journal playback on Chap. 6. Dialogue
                Body language—speaking without words.
4. Cougar” by Maria Anderson
                 Discussion questions
                 Journal 9 playback
                 Symbol
5. Journal playback: Chap. 7. Setting and Pacing
6. Exercise on Dialogue and Body Language (if time)
7. Possible crunch with snow day—FLEXIBILITY and order

Assignment:

Read: “What a Terrible Thing it Was” by Esmé Weijun Wang. Journal # 12: Write an entry focusing on an aspect of this story.

Read: Chapter 8-Journal # 13 on Voice. Write an entry noting points that interested you in the chapter.

Exercise # 4: Settin’ Up a Setting—Ye-haw!

Journal # 14 Isolate a 2-3 page scene/portion from your story draft and be prepared to break into small peer review groups next time to discuss. Consider what needs to be known about these characters or this portion of the story for your group. Journal: What are you trying to do is this scene? What is the impact on the story or character you’re trying to make. Be prepared to see how that plays out with your group’s reaction when they read it.


WEEK 7: Monday, February 24

1. Freewrite
2. Housekeeping
3. Settin’ up a Setting—Yee-haw!
4. What is TENSION? And Carver handout
Tension in stories we’ve read
Tension in your work
Focus: Think about what it is, but how it was formed
5. “What a Terrible Thing it Was” by Esmé Weijun Wang
Discussion questions
Journal playback (#12)
6. Journal # 13 playback: Chap. 8. Voice
7. Journal # 14 playback: Groups
Read aloud to peers, peers describe/offer reader response
Discussion on what you were trying to do and how it played with peers
8. Exercise on Dialogue and Body Language (if time)


Assignment:
1. Read and offer feedback on our four “early bird” stories. Journal (#15): Make marginal comments on each story (hard copy), as well as an END COMMENT* on our course site before class. The hard copy will be given to the writer after workshop discussion. This is vital feedback for your peers.

*The End Comment: Think in terms of our reader response format: What is it? What’s working? What questions the piece raises? What suggestions do you have for the writer?


WEEK 8: Monday, March 2  

  1. Freewrite
  2. Workshop 2 short stories

Break

  1. Workshop 2 short stories
  2. Assign order for next class

Assignment:

  1. Read and offer feedback on our four stories for next class. Journal (#16): Make marginal comments on each story (hard copy), as well as an END COMMENT* on our course site before class. The hard copy will be given to the writer after workshop discussion.  This is vital feedback for your peers.

*The End Comment: Think in terms of our reader response format: What is it?  What’s working? What questions the piece raises? What suggestions do you have for the writer?


WEEK 9: Monday, March 9

1. Freewrite
2. Workshop 2 short stories
Break
3. Workshop 2 short stories
4. Assign order for next class

Assignment:
1. Read and offer feedback on our three stories for next class. Journal (#17): Make marginal comments on each story (hard copy), as well as an END COMMENT* on our course site before class. The hard copy will be given to the writer after workshop discussion. This is vital feedback for your peers.

*The End Comment: Think in terms of our reader response format: What is it? What’s working? What questions the piece  raises? What suggestions do you have for the writer?

2. Begin working on short story # 2. Remember, we will workshop these as well and you’ll decide which story to revise and turn in for a grade after our conferences. Short story draft # 2 is due______3/23______.


We are all in this together.

WEEK 10: March 23

1. By class time, for Sara, Mackay: Post END COMMENT (Journal # 17), email Voice Messages to me and your peers, email drafts with marginal comments.

Assignment:
1. Read and offer feedback on 4 stories for next class. Journal (#18): Post your END COMMENT* on our course site. Make marginal comments on each story and send to me and to the writer with your VOICE MESSAGE (draw from your End Comment, but think about what really sticks with you).

*The End Comment: Think in terms of our reader response format: What is it? What’s working? What questions the piece raises? What suggestions do you have for the writer?


WEEK 11: My Friends,

I hope you are settled in and able to embrace your writing process as we find our way through this transition. Below, please find some notes and updates. Any questions, email me.

Shift in day: Remember, I have shifted our class day (really just the “due day”) by a few days to help accommodate all of us as we transition into our remote writerly quarantined workshop lives. I have made some adjustments in terms of when each writer will have short story # 2 workshopped (see below).

Conferences: I will begin individual conferences via Zoom with each of you to discuss your revision plans starting ***around*** April 15. This is good, as it keeps us on track with our original plan. We might chat for 20-30 minutes or so. I will start scheduling with the writers who are up this week and try to stay in that order.

After your 2nd short story has been workshopped, please decide which story you’d like to revise. Please feel free to consult with me before our conference time. Please begin revising your chosen story so we can have a conversation about revision and intention during our conference time.

Updated Schedge:

WEEK 11: Wednesday, April 1, by class time (5:30pm EST), for Delaney, Adam, Kait, Sinéad: Post End Comment, email Voice Messages to me and your peers, email drafts with marginal comments.

By the morning of Wednesday, April 1, Jordyn, Megan, and Stephen will send me their stories.

WEEK 12: Wednesday, April 8, by class time (5:30pm EST), for Jordyn, Megan, Stephen: Post End Comment, email Voice Messages to me and your peers, email drafts with marginal comments.

By the morning of Wednesday, April 8, Mackay, Vic, Sara, and Grace will send me their stories.

WEEK 13: Wednesday, April 15, by class time (5:30pm EST), for Mackay, Vic, Sara, Grace: Post End Comment, email Voice Messages to me and your peers, email drafts with marginal comments.

Office hours: Office hours: for the rest of the semester, I’ll hold office hours (at my kitchen table). You can find the times here.

Write-in: As we discussed during our Zoom sessions last week, I’ll be doing what I’m calling a “Write In” each week. I’d like to try to use the Zoom thing to our advantage to do something we wouldn’t ordinarily do, specifically, turn over an entire hour in class to writing. BUT, in our new way of being, this might actually be an interesting way to share a virtual creative space.

So, I’m going to work on my novel on Thursday, April 2 @ 9:15 am. I’ll set up the Zoom. Here’s the link: https://une.zoom.us/my/jessemiller

Please come write with me for an hour. The rules are simple. We’ll write for 60 minutes in silence and then we’ll talk about how it went. Totally optional, no pressure. But it’s chance to be together in fellowship as we follow our creative selves into the future.

HERE IS THE OFFICIAL WEEKLY MENU:
WEEK 11: Wednesday, April 1

1. By class time (5:30pm EST), for Delaney, Adam, Kait, Sinéad: Post END COMMENT (Journal # 18), email Voice Messages to me and your peers, email drafts with marginal comments.

By the morning of Wednesday, April 1, Jordyn, Megan, and Stephen will send me their stories.

Assignment:
1. Read and offer feedback on 3 stories for next class (April 8). Journal (#19): Post your END COMMENT* on our course site. Make marginal comments on each story and send to me and to the writer with your VOICE MESSAGE (draw from your End Comment, but think about what really sticks with you).

*The End Comment: Think in terms of our reader response format: What is it? What’s working? What questions the piece raises? What suggestions do you have for the writer?