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Inquiry Blog 5

Posted in Inquiry Blog on March 21, 2013 by jlineb10

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Who I Interviewed:

Christopher Davis, M.F.A, Professor of English

Why did I interview him?

I interviewed him because he is involved in the creative writing CoP and I was hoping that he could answer questions that would in turn help me strengthen my own argument.

My Questions:

How did you get into creative writing?

Why did you start teaching creative writing?

How do you grade it?

Is all the content crammed into a single class?

How do you go about teaching it?

What Kind of tests do you give?

Whats your opinion on why creative writing isn’t more prominent in secondary education?

How would you fix this problem?

Should creative writing be an elective or a part of the core English class?

 

The interview was interesting even though my biggest question didn’t get an effective answer. He had an odd, to say the least, office space with provocative images on the wall which was distracting.  He focuses on poetry which I am not a huge fan of writing. Unfortunately he does not give any tests and his grading is done on effort and class participation. I got an interesting tale of how he became involved writing and the arts. He told me about what got him into teaching it and how he is where he is today. I did learn a bit more about why it is not taught in secondary education and how to bring it back, other than just finding ways to assess it. What I learned about my CoP is that it is very open ended. There are so many different kinds of creative writing and each one can have its own chain of courses dedicated to it. What I learned about my rhetorical situation is that there is a reason it still exists. It is very hard to solve the exigency of creative writing in high school. Finding a way to grade it without some kind of biased is very hard. English in general has also never been of the same equivalency of Math and Science in the eyes of secondary education. Their goal is to prepare and encourage you for a successful and reliable career path. Topics within English can be successful, but it is so very unreliable to be successful. This is why in my, and Mr. Davis’s opinion, creative writing is just not on their radar. The only way to bring it back s through student’s, the audience I suppose, desire for it to be there. Even then it probably would never be more than an elective. I feel like the interview overall left me somewhat woeful that I will be able to make a better argument rather than improve my current one unfortunately. Our only conclusion was that creative writing is misunderstood.

Inquiry Blog 4: A New Blog

Posted in Inquiry Blog on February 15, 2013 by jlineb10

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The CoP that I will be immersing myself with this semester is fiction writing with an emphasis on fantasy and murder mystery genres. I love reading these genres along with watching them on the big screen. My interest in reading has advanced into writing them in some of my free time. I have grown up always loving stories. I watched all the Disney movies 100 times over and began reading frequently at a young age. I even enjoy poetry sometimes, all from Edgar Allen Poe though. I can’t wait for my next book to arrive from Amazon as I do not have one to read currently.

My exploration of the CoP will be about how authors manage their character, setting, and plot development. In my own writing, I always feel that if I try and force myself to describe surroundings too much then it becomes mundane and boring. At the same time if I don’t do it enough then the story loses its footing. Character development feels like my strong suit right now as I don’t feel that I struggle too much with it. My plot development skills are ok but it always seems like…I know the story that I want to tell but I don’t know how to tell it. I hope that during my exploration I will be able to improve upon these areas of fiction writing.

I believe that my inquiry will help the thousands of other amateur writers who want to weave compelling stories from their fingertips like the major authors seem to do. There are other CoPs that can benefit from my inquiry as well. Storytelling does not simply exist in writing. It exists in filmmaking, as every good movie has a good script. It exists in music creation as well. Some of my favorite albums tell a storyline. In an abstract manner, storytelling also exists in the CoP of living. Every life is a story filled with pain, love, happiness, regret, and overcoming.

The main obstacle I see with my CoP is that it is filled with introverts. There are those who do not share their thoughts willingly with others in the CoP. I have to admit I am guilty of it myself. There is not a big discussion between them on any topic or issue. Those who do create discussion are looking for critique and advice on their work. Most discussion about the CoP comes are other CoPs entirely. In my research, this seems to be media sources and extremist groups.

Below is a video explaining introversion.

Inquiry Blog 3: Return of the Blog

Posted in Inquiry Blog on February 12, 2013 by jlineb10

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http://fictionwritersreview.com/

This is a website I found where new emerging writers get interviewed about the book they have written and how they got started. You can also find reviews for these books.

 

http://www.writingforums.com/fiction/

This website is a giant forum for writers of all genres to get their work critiqued by others. I found it to be interesting what people can come up with.

 

http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2012/06/13/mistakes-of-new-fiction-writers/

I found this to be very true as I over use(d) first names too much when I try and write.

 

^^.  I thought this was a great video. I’m going to watch more of her videos as I think she has very good advice about character creation and development. She has many videos giving writing tips, including one on fantasy.

 

I am having a hard time thinking of a topic or issue of interest in the fiction writing community. What could that even be for my CoP? There is a hierarchy of expertise in my CoP so large that I don’t think there can be a general issue or topic of interest shared by the CoP as a whole, or even majority, or maybe even minority.

Inquiry Blog 2: The Blog Strikes Back

Posted in Inquiry Blog on February 8, 2013 by jlineb10

The CoP that I have chosen to delve into was originally going to be writing, but I want to be far more specific now. The CoP that I am choosing is fiction/fantasy novel writing. I chose this CoP because I ready this genre assiduously and , from time to time, try to write it myself.

Here is a blog from someone who is a fiction writer:

http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/blog/

This is an article with tips on fiction writing:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/feb/20/ten-rules-for-writing-fiction-part-one

Finally, here is the latest book I’m reading:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Winter-Witch-Paula-Brackston/dp/1250001315/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360286407&sr=8-1&keywords=the+winter+witch

My CoP breaks the rules of any other kind of writing very frequently. The reason for this is because all other genres are bound by absolute realism, mortality, and past events. Fiction writing allows the author’s mind to flow more freely and opens the door for creativity. Fiction by definition is :

Noun
  1. Prose literature, esp. short stories and novels, about imaginary events and people.
  2. Invention or fabrication as opposed to fact.

Characters are not shackled by the common woes of real life. They can be more powerful, live in lands that simply are not plausible, and complete tasks that no character in a non fiction novel could dream of. I often find myself apathetic when reading non fiction as I usually know the ending already. Knowing the ending due to it being a historical event or what have you ruins books for me. I simply cannot finish a book if I find out the ending beforehand. Fiction writing is not required to obey these rules. Another benefit of the genre is that it can twist and distort historical events in to what ever you want. An example of this would be the popular growing “steam punk” trend found in novels, devices and video games. I am not sure if this is what you were looking for as an insurrection but I like it and hope you find it adequate.

Inquiry Project

Posted in Inquiry Blog on January 25, 2013 by jlineb10

My 2 choices for an Inquiry project are writing, not in general but more to fantasy and/or murder mystery genres, and health informatics. I Have an interest in writing because I have an interest in reading. I enjoy reading those two genres and I have tried my hand at writing them, but not past 15 pages or so. I chose health informatics because it is my career path of choice at the moment. I would like to know more about how professional writers like P.D James, Hillari Bell, Jane Austen, Richard Knaak, and so on are able to put so much environmental description and it flowing. How they write with such wit and make everything feel perpetual. I also wonder how they go about their own writer’s block and how long the whole process is. For health informatics, I want to know more about how the entire work area goes. What are the different arrays of jobs that I can get with it, what all “informatics” covers, and what future advancements in the field will open up to us.

Inquiry Notes:

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