Class, Thurs, 10/20

Developing a Thick Description of a Project of Repair

Workshop Groups

Please read your beginning drafts aloud and get feedback from your group members. At the end of this session, I will ask you add at least 200 words to your description.

At this point the key question for each of you as a writer is: How do I move from 500 to 1000 words? I want you think about doing this not through adding examples but rather by saying more about each example you’re writing about. And so I’d like readers to consider:

  • How fully and well does this writer describe the thing that is being repaired?
  • How fully and well do they describe the person doing the repair?
  • What particular problems or challenges in repair do they describe?

Note what the writer does well and where you’d like to hear more.


Add 200 words to your current description.

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To Do

  1. Mon, 10/24, 4:00 pm: Post e2d1, a 1,000-word description of a project of repair, to your group Google Drive folder. Title your document “lastname e2d1.docx”.
  2. Tues, 10/25, class: Read your group members’ e2d1s before class. I will ask each group to choose one piece to be presented to the class as a whole on Thursday.
  3. Tues, 10/25, class: Read the first three essays (Dawson, DiUbialdi, McNulty) in the 2016 issue of Arak Journal. Be read to talk about (a) how the writer describes a particular topic they want to write about, and (b) the stance they take toward that topic.