Final Portfolios Due May 11 by 5 p.m.

Your final portfolios are due by 5 p.m., Monday, May 11. Late portfolios will be docked 10 percent for each late day, and will not be accepted after 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 13.

Your final portfolio should be filed electronically to: julia.goldberg@santafeuniversity.edu

I will confirm receipt of your portfolio by email. If you do not hear back from me, I did not receive it.

The portfolio should include:

• Original drafts of your internal and external essays

• Subsequent drafts of both (this should mean a second draft for one of your essays and a second and third draft of whichever essay you chose for your second workshop held on May 4).

• A one-to-two page statement that discusses the revisions you undertook with these essays, with specific explanations regarding your revisions of various craft elements of the essays and the reasons behind these changes).

Please file each document as a separate word doc clearly labeled. For example: Internal Essay, V.1; Internal Essay, V. 2. Explanatory Letter

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April 27 Assignments

Please bring copies of your revision of either your internal or external essay to class to distribute to each of us (four copies total) for our revision workshop on May 4.

In addition to distributing the manuscripts, I will also ask each of you to discuss the revisions you undertook and let us know any specific areas of concern you’d like us to keep in mind when reading.

I will distribute critique sheets next week for the revision workshop.

Please also read and be prepared to discuss the following:

“Goodbye To All That,” by Joan Didion (Art of the Personal Essay) and Annie Dillard “Seeing” (Art of the Personal Essay).

Assignments for April 20

In-class seminar on The Silent Woman by Janet Malcolm; in-class guest speaker on Sylvia Plath (that would be Dana Levin). Please come prepared to discuss the book and the ideas it raises about the process of writing, writing biography, publishing etc.

Please read the following by Dana Levin: Dana Levin, Plath readings

(also available online here).

Please also read for class: The Importance of Being Biased (NY Times) and “Going Underground” (London Review of Books). “Going Underground” is a handout.

You will have a short graded in-class critical writing exercise in response to The Silent Woman. This is an open-book assignment, and is replacing the final paper. You may bring laptops for this assignment and file the assignment electronically.

April 13 class

Read and critique each of the external essays. Based on previous experience, I believe we will spend the entire class workshopping these pieces.

Please use the external essay critique sheet, and bring copies for each writer and for Julia.

Please note that this critique sheet asks you to devise three of your own criteria for critique and to apply these to the pieces. You are not required to use the same three criteria for each piece.

Upcoming Assignments

Since we are getting close to the end of semester, I thought it would be helpful to lay out the schedule for the rest of the term. Please note, this schedule is somewhat subject to change depending on our actual classwork, but this is the gist:

April 6: First drafts due external essay. Please bring five copies of your first draft (one for yourself, three for your classmates and one for me).

Read: “Repeat After Me” by David Sedaris (Touchstone), “The Pat Boone Fan Club” by Sue William Silverman (Touchstone), “Torchsong” by Charles Bowden (Touchstone)

Please also read: “The Fact Behind the Facts” by Philip Gerard

April 13: External essay workshop

April 20: In-class seminar on The Silent Woman by Janet Malcolm; in-class guest speaker  on Sylvia Plath (that would be Dana Levin). Please come prepared to discuss the book and the ideas it raises about the process of writing, writing biography, publishing etc.

Please also read for class: The Importance of Being Biased (NY Times) and “Going Underground” (London Review of Books). “Going Underground” is a handout.

You will have a graded in-class critical writing exercise in response to The Silent Woman. This is an open-book assignment, and is replacing the final paper.

May 4: Second revision workshop. For this pre-portfolio workshop, you may bring in either a revision of your internal essay for class, or a revision of your external essay or selections of revisions from each. This will give an opportunity for a second revision workshop/additional feedback prior to final portfolios.

May 11: Finals week. No class, but final portfolios are due at my office by 5 p.m.

Assignments for March 30

Read “Watching the Animals” by Richard Rhodes (Touchstone Anthology)

Read “Son of Mr. Green Jeans: A Meditation on Fathers” by Dinty Moore (Touchstone)

Read “On Being an American” by HL Mencken

Prepare: We will have an in-class writing assignment geared toward generating content for your next assignment: “the external essay.” Examples of what this piece might be: arts criticism, journalism, literary essay, biography, environmental writing. The options are not limited to this list, but is meant to give you an idea of the undertaking. Try to come to class with some ideas of what you’d like to write about, so that you can direct your in-class assignment toward the draft.

Prepare: We will be having a seminar discussion and you will be writing a paper on The Silent Woman by Janet Malcolm toward the end of the semester. You may want to start reading it right around now.

Remember: Drafts and Revisions of your internal and external essays, as well as your Reporter piece, will be due for your final portfolio.