At the very start of class, I introduced the details for the workshop draft of the first poem (A2, B6). Then I introduced our second text for the semester, Janet Burroway’s “Imaginative Writing.” We did some pre-writing from this book as well as a little reading about imagery — particularly how vivid imagery relates to abstractions, generalizations, and judgments. At the end of class, we read the Yousef Komunyakaa poem “Facing It” on p. 28, looking particularly at his use of imagery to imply meaning. Homework: start thinking about a topic for Poem #1; also, get caught up on any of our Google Classroom assignments.
This class will be an opportunity for you to express yourself creatively through writing. You will get a chance to try many different genres of writing and practice the writing process. You will get to help others improve their writing, and the favor will be returned to you with your own writing. By the end of the class, you will develop a portfolio of your best, most polished work.
Note: I teach two sections of this class on different days. When possible, I will use the same entry for both Red and Gold days. When impossible, I will post a separate summary for each day.