Seminar, Monday, 5/22/2017

308 Gore

Continuing Our Talk About Voice in Nonfiction

Virginia Woolf, by George Charles Beresford, 1902, public domain


Please read the first section of your Revised Unit Proposal. During the second reading, your readers should mark passages they admire with a straight line, and passages they have questions about with a squiggly line. Then I’d like each reader to talk to the writer about the following two things:

  • What did you find most interesting, unusual, or ambitious in this project?
  • What one thing would you most like to see the writer do more of or do differently as they work on this project over the summer?

Writers should be quiet as readers respond. Sublimate—take notes! Each reader should try to add something to what has been said before about the piece. When all four readers are done responding, the writer can ask them questions.


Fastwrite: Pick one reading you plan to work with this summer, and write a few sentences introducing it to the other members of this seminar. What draws you to this reading? What uses do you hope your students might make of it?

Summer Reading

  • “Read around” in the Touchstone Anthology. Identify at least three pieces you’d like us to talk about in the fall. Highlight passages that you admire.
  • Pick one of the books on the list of possible summer readings and read it. (Or if there is another current nonfiction volume you’re eager to read, send me a link to its Amazon page by email. I am very likely to approve it!

Summer Writing

  • Monday, August 14: Prospectus Writing Assistance
  • Monday, August 28: Email prospectus to Joe (or upload to your individual folder on Google Drive)

Feel free to email me with questions at any time! I’ve enjoyed our work together so far, and look forward to seeing how you develop your curriculum units!