Tag Archives: storyboard

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Making Things Up

Share

This week, my novel writing students have to think about whether or not they are “Outline People” or “No Outline People,” or (more likely) something in between. I decided to write about this, too. What’s my process? Here’s how I … Continue reading

Posted in Mrs. Cole Porter, Teaching, Writing | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments

Novels to Stories, Stories to Novel

Share

If you’re looking for a way to turn a novel into short stories or (more likely) turn stories into a novel, try these activities. First, novel into stories.  1.) Read “The Beau Monde of Mrs. Bridge,” a short story by … Continue reading

Posted in Teaching, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | 9 Comments

What They Learned This Semester

Share

It’s that time of year when our students turn in their portfolios–along with the “reflective essay” in which they articulate what they learned this semester. I love reading them. This term, I asked my students to turn those essays into … Continue reading

Posted in Teaching | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Storyboard Class

Share

There are Two Kinds of Novelists  Outline people (aka “Plotters”) No Outline People (aka “Pantsers,” because they write by the seat of their pants). I am an Outline Person. I was born that way. On Saturday, December 10 from 1-4 … Continue reading

Posted in Teaching, Writing | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments

Memo: Course Descriptions are due for Fall 2011

Share

Are you ready to get serious about leading a Big Thing writing class? I know I am. Here’s my plan for my Advanced Fiction Writing course during Fall 2011. Course Description In this class, all students will be required to … Continue reading

Posted in Teaching, Writing | Tagged , , , , | 14 Comments

Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction

Share

Back to the Survey Monkey survey I gave my students on November 16. This is a fairly long post, but that’s because it’s about one of the most important decisions my students had to make. Question 3: How would you … Continue reading

Posted in Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment