- Journal #1
- We reviewed what cliches are, and why they tend to weaken our writing.
- We checked out the big cliché list on pages 19-20. We talked about some of the ones we'd never heard of, and we talked about a few we liked.
- We spent a few minutes working on page 18 again, and then we traded papers a couple of times so we could see each other's work. We went around the room and let everyone share his or her best anti-cliché.
- I explained the Cliché Group Writing Assignment (p. 21), and I read a model by Nick, Andy and Jamie.
- We split into trios, and we started looking for clichés we wanted to use in our stories. And then we began writing our cliché stories.
ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING
- Still Life Poem
- We reviewed the Banished Words assignment.
- We put each group's list of Banished Words up on the Big Screen and discussed them.
- Morgan pointed out that words evolve over time in some cases, and that they may go from a positive to a negative connotation, or vice-versa.
- We voted on our top words. We'll submit them to the website later this week.
- We talked about the kinds of things we wanted people to comment on when we workshop poems.
- Six people volunteered to have their Story as Poem poems workshopped on the Big Screen: Mallory, Morgan, Miranda, Nic, Greg, and Brit. People made constructive comments, and we noted comments, then printed the workshopped copies.
- We decorated our folders and our nametags.