Autumn 2011 | Mr. Silas Hansen We have looked at various types of writing this quarter, including academic writing andonline writing through The Blog Project. Now, we will take the skills we have learnedfor those two types of writing and apply it to a different genre: creative writing –specifically creative nonfiction.Carefully taking audience and genre conventions into account, you will create a creative writing project that is related to our course theme of identity.
You have two options for this assignment:
1.) Write a 5-8 page personal essay using the genre-conventions we discuss in class onMonday, November 21
provide a 1-page, double-spaced explanation for yourchoices in terms of language/tone, structure, and your use of ethos, pathos, and logos.-or-2.) Write and draw a 10-12 panel comic (that still follows the genre-conventions wediscuss in class on Monday, November 21
provide a 1-page, double-spacedexplanation for your choices in terms of the realism of the drawings, the panel-to-paneltransitions, and your use of closure.
Completing the Assignment
If you choose to write a 5-8 page personal essay…
Begin with the in-class writing prompts from Monday, November 21
Write an essay that deals with issues of identity – race, ethnicity, religion,socioeconomic class, sexual orientation or gender identity, etc. The definition of “identity” is very broad, and can include anything that identifies you with aspecific group of people, including a sports team or other extracurricular activity,should you be uncomfortable writing about one of the aforementioned topics.3.)
Make sure to do the following:a.
Show conflict, either between your own identity and the group which youare/were a part of, or between your own identity and a group that youare/were not a part of. b.
Depict the complexities of character and honestly show your own flaws.c.
Depict more than one “self” on the page – show yourself in the past, as well as yourself in the present. How does your present self look back on your past self? What does your present self know now that your past self does not?d.
Write in a tone that is appropriate for creative writing – think about theaudience and what they will expect.e.
Employ ethos, pathos, and logos in your essay in creative ways.