5-5:10pm: What music did you listen to today, at the beginning? What was the first track you heard? What did it do for you?
5:10-5:35pm: You and writing about you….
Where do you start? Why?
What do you want readers leaving with?
OTP: Leave your own essay having learned many things about our character and story….
OTP: Ask yourself questions before you write…. What do I want to see? What do I want to re-live? Where do I want to go with my thoughts?
5:35-6pm: Sedaris….. What are your thoughts?
How is he different from Lawson and Irby? How similar?
OTP: Always see the writer as a character in their story, not just the narrator.
How would you describe his tone and narrative style? What truths have you found in his writing and stories, experiences?
6-6:20pm: What are the characteristics of his writing, AND… his handle on the essay form? Does he redefine it in any special way, in your opinion?
OTP: He has a need for simplicity in his sentences and approach to audience.
OTP: Sedaris’ essays invite more intimate reader participation than our other authors, I think. You?
OTP: What questions do you have for Sedaris? What are you hoping to learn from our final author?
ASSIGNMENT: Read through (meaning, INCLUDING) “Stepping Out” in Sedaris’ Calypso.
ASSIGNMENT: Keep writing in your journals, send me page pics!!
NOTE FROM ME: Be honest with your efforts and the results you expect. Whatever grade you get in this class, it should be NO shock. And practice this not just with schooling, but work, life, relationships, yourself, your health, the day itself.