Thursday, February 4, 2016

Advanced Creative Writing: Independent Study Proposals

Please complete the tasks listed below by the end of the period. You will submit this work as a comment to this post (click "No Comments" or "# Comments" and paste in the box). Feel free to save your work in a separate document in case we encounter any technical difficulties.

1. First, be sure that your Moth/This I Believe blog work has been posted. If it hasn't please take care of this.

2. I would like you to spend the bulk of today's class block generating a draft of your Independent Study Proposal. The Independent Study allows you to design your own set of expectations for an ambitious piece of creative writing: a collection of short stories, poems, or essays; a draft or portion of a novel, play, or novella, etc. You will not be bound to the ideas you share today; this exercise is meant to prompt you toward a final proposal while soliciting valuable feedback from peers and teachers. Please use the following template for today's draft. Please be as specific and clear as possible.

Part 1: Narrative Overview (Introduction) This concise section provides an overview of the entire project in relative chronology. It may be helpful to write this section last.

Part 2: Objective(s) These should be measurable and clear. What are your prime goals?

Part 3: Process Timeline including Checkpoints and Percentage Representations (25, 50, 75, 100) What will you complete for the 4 submission increments?

Part 4: Resource List with Explanations What will you read? Review? Seek out? Who can help you? How?

Part 5: Rubric This should echo your objectives. For today, you need only submit one their of standards (the highest).

3. Once you've posted your proposal components, view the proposals of your peers. Offer some constructive feedback for their expectations. Be sure to address your comments with the writer's name (the blog doesn't allow for multiple conversation threads). I'll do my best to publish comments and provide feedback from home. 

4. If you happen to finish, consider revising your draft or your upcoming presentations.