Assignments for September 21

Read for class from Rose Metal Anthology, “Writing Through Innocence and Experience by Sue William Silverman (p. 70); “The Sounds and Sense of Sentences” by Barbara Hurd (p. 76); “Weaving Past, Present, and Future in Flash Nonfiction,” (p. 105) “Over the River and Through the Woods, to Almanac We Go: On the Use of Research and Lists in Flash,” (p. 113) “Building a Frame, Giving an Essay a Form;” (p. 126)

Read handout: “It is What It Is” by Eula Biss

Read online: “Soundtrack” by Sally Ashton in Brevity “Post Mortem” by Traci Brimhall  “The Essay Determines How it Will Begin” by Suzanne Roberts

We will have more generative writing toward potential first-draft flash pieces, which will be due for distribution in class on Sept. 28. Remember that you can use the materials generated in class assignments toward that piece; you can write something entirely new; you can use any of the exercises from Rose Metal Field Guide toward generation.

Oulipo: I’ve added a link to The Believer’s piece on Oulipo under the “Some Other Stuff” links in case you’d like to dig in a bit more.

For those of you who were interested in some of the background of John D’Agata’s Lifespan of a Fact, here are a few things to read:

Kenyan Review interview with D’Agata and Jim Fingal about the fabrication element of the actual exchanges.

Poynter Institute analysis of the entire situation, which includes lots of other links addressing the issue of the actuality of the fact-changing exchanges in the book.