You are writing for real, interviewing, reporting, imagining, grappling. Making mistakes is not only OK, it's required! Let's begin to help each other for real now, too, with sharp minds and open hearts. Mostly we fumble and write and mess around, as Godwin and Lamott urge us to do--and then, suddenly, just for a minute, we get a reprieve from our own bad prose.
When it happens, it feels like a miracle.
2:00: Discuss Lamott, Godwin briefly
2:15: We'll check out the Work schedules, check out your progress.
2:45 Notice the bossy Writers Digest article full of advice from Chuck Palahniuk that I've put into your class Doc folder. It may keep you company.
2:50: Aspen Challenge Solutions Showcase next week: we will attend the exhibit during second half of class. Logistics...
3:00 Daniel Finkel's up first. Brave man!
We will practice a strict protocol for discussing his piece to make sure that we discuss thoughtfully and with care.
First, we'll read. Then, focus on what you notice most, what grabs you as a reader. Here are some criteria by which we assess the power and effectiveness of story drafts.
A writer's life requires constant rearranging: writing, interviewing, event preparation, working with collaborators. We will do that in this class, working together toward structure with flexibility.
Anne Lamott: Short assignments, shitty first drafts, and finding readers
Second Half Scheduling: The writing life work schedule
3/22 - Daniel
Aspen Challenge final event 3/29
3/29 - Zeeshan, Jono, and Madeleine
4/5 - Nina Rohr, Aerin Rosenfeld
Week of 4/12: individual meetings
4/19 - Cary-Anne, Jonida
4/26 - Coaching about Reading
4/28 at 4pm - Public Reading