Spring 623 syllabus PDF



Unit 1: TIME

Tuesday, February 2nd      
Introduction to each other and course
Read: Syllabus, excerpt from Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, post to the blog with an excerpt from your favorite creative nonfiction for discussion

Thursday, February 4th
Continue introductions, class schedule
Reading discussion: Observation (& broccoli), favorite readings
Intro. to Winter short
Read: “The Pond in Winter” by HD Thoreau, “Winter” by Larry Sill, “Good Use for Bad Weather” by Donald Hall, & “Snow” by Jon Haines
Dress warm for Tuesday!

Tuesday, February 9th      
Reading discussion: descriptive writing & sensory details
Writing outside
Share writing outside exercise, discuss details
Watch: Treeline, directed by Jordan Manley, read “Poems about Trees” by K. Silem Mohammad,
(& “Hermann Hesse on What Trees Teach Us About Belonging and Life”), blog post

Thursday, February 11th     
Winter short due (Friday)
Reading discussion: form/style. film, deconstruction & generated texts
Make a valentine: generated poems & letters
Introduce Timeline
Read: “Of Memoir & Memory” by Robert Atwan & excerpt from Becoming by Michelle Obama

Tuesday, February 16th     
Reading discussion: memoir & memory
In-class work on essays            
Read: excerpts from The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr & Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson, blog post

Thursday, February 18th     
Reading discussion: reconstructing memory  
Read & watch: “Adventures in Depression” by Allie Brosh & excerpt from How to Ruin Everything by George Watsky (& Ted Talk: Lucky)

Tuesday, February 23rd   
Reading discussion: multimodal memoir
In-class work on essays
Rough draft for Thursday
Optional conferences
Read & watch: “My Father, Out to Sea” by Jaed Coffin & Ted Talk: "How long does it take to become an American?", blog post

Thursday, February 25th    
Reading discussion: the medium for the message
Workshop rough draft/revisions
Publishing timelines to blog
Listen: Podcast: “Bars, Blood, & Boxing in Southeast Alaska”

Tuesday, March 2nd
Timeline due (post to blog)
Sound & voices
Introduction to audio essays & technology
Listen & read: War of the Worlds by Orson Welles & “The ‘War of the Worlds’ Radio Broadcast was a Magnificent Fluke” by A. Brad Schwartz & Audacity tutorial

Thursday, March 4th       
Reading discussion: memoir, identity & voice
Interview activity/practice audacity
Listen: The Moth Playlist: “Stranger than Fiction”

Tuesday, March 9th
Reading discussion: meaningful… & funny?
Adding sound effects, music
In-class work on drafts
Listen: Podcast, Storycorps or This I Believe(s) of your choice, blog post

Thursday, March 11th
Reading discussion: audio & emotion
Sign up for conferences
Read: excerpts from And Here’s the Kicker, “How to Write Better using Humor” by Leigh Anne Jasheway & “7 Ways to Become a Master Humor Writer When You Don’t Think You Have a Funnybone” by Sarah Cy

Tuesday, March 16th
Reading discussion: Humor & voice
Work on audio essays
Read & listen: Excerpt from Wow, No Thank You: “We Almost Got a Fucking Dog” by Samantha Irby &“The Loft’s Wordplay: Samantha Irby reads ‘Ghost’”

Thursday, March 18th
Workshop audio essays/revision
Read & listen: interview with Samantha Irby & blog: "Bitches Gotta Eat"

Unit 2: SPACE

Tuesday, March 23rd
Audio essay due
Reading discussion: Samantha Irby, self-deprecating humor, & blogs
Read: “You’re so brave for wearing clothes and not hating yourself by Lindy West," “Hollywood Summer” by Samantha Irby, &My Body a Wunderkammer by Shelley Jackson

Thursday, March 25th  
(Presentations cont.)
Reading discussion: perspective & adaptation (& body image)
Watch Shrill scene in class
Read & watch: excerpts from Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, “Un/Tied Shoes” by Evie Ruddy & Tracey Lebedovich, & The Problem that Has No Name by Hannah Bonner, blog post

Tuesday, March 30th
In-class perspective exercise
Share exercise, discuss narrative/characterization
Watch: opening to Stranger than Fiction & excerpt from Sherlock Holmes, (Perspective from Inside a Character ?), blog post

Thursday, April 1st
Perspective short due
Introduce Humans
Portraits discussion with UNH Art Museum
Read: Humans of New York: Cristy & Sebastian #1-12, The Art of an Effective Interview with Brandon Stanton

Tuesday, April 6th
Reading discussion: Visual rhetoric and interviews
In-class work on essays
Rough draft for Thursday
Read: Humans of New York of your choice, blog post

Thursday, April 8th
Workshop rough draft/revisions
Introduction of final project
Bring images/text for platform tutorials next Thursday!
Watch & play: "How to be at Home", otherlyseries (instagram (in stories)), & Way to Go

Tuesday, April 13th (no class! classes follow Friday schedule)

Thursday, April 15th
Humans essay due (post to blog & Instagram)
Discussion: Connection in covid times, what are we writing & why?
Interact: Yesterday Today Tomorrow & Infinite Worries Bash

Tuesday, April 20th
Reading discussion: games or literature?
Final projects: Space, the final frontier!
Platform options and introductions
Read & interact: “What is Immersive Storytelling? The Frontier of Virtual Reality” , Far Away from Far Away & Bubble (both on mobile device)
Topic proposals due (via email)

Thursday, April 22nd
Reading discussion: interactivity and immersion
In-class work on projects
Read & Watch: Ted Talk: “How Virtual Reality Can Create the Ultimate Empathy Machine” by Chris Milk, Clouds Over Sidra, & Bashir’s Dream, blog post

Tuesday, April 27th
Reading discussion: VR & empathy
Work on projects
Sign up for workshop & conferences
Experience: Motto & Agence & V(R)ses

Thursday, April 29th
Reading discussion: reflection/the past & future of storytelling
Work on projects/ posting drafts
Workshop & conferences

Tuesday, May 4th     
Work on project revisions
Workshop & conferences

Thursday, May 6th   
Presentations & discussion
last blog post!

Tuesday, May 11th     
Last day of class!
Presentations & discussion
Blog recap!

Space essay final revisions due by Friday, May 14th