Thursday, June 14, 2007
'Just' the way we are.
For the last two successive classes, we've had a
guest speaker. One of M.'s grad students has been
instructing us on Creative writing.
Tonight's class was a blast!
To the right are a few photos of those of us who showed up to class tonight.
Although M. was absent (along with half the class, what's up with THAT??) we dug right into the mechanics of writing poetry.
Apparently, this exercise usually takes about
thirty minutes before most students become
distracted and off-topic.
Before we knew it, we'd spent an hour and a half writing poetry together!
We're a pretty happy bunch, and I'm impressed with how closely we've bonded as a class. I expect class size has a lot to do with it, but I didn't get the same sense in the English Lit. class I took in September. (42 students to start, 21 by year-end). There may be some truth in that the students who sign up for Spring semester truly do want to engage.
Some find poetry dry, but we English students can ham it up some...
Some of us appear to suck our thumb...
...some of us can be conservatively silly...
...while still others of us clearly march to the beat of our own drum. Here we see C. truly engaging with the assignment: getting a 'sense' of the subject matter.
Here is K., who has spent the last two classes teaching us the Creative Writing aspect of poetry. She was a truly delightful addition to the curriculum.
In closing, here is a shot of our class 'Just' Jar. It's our version of a 'naughty word' jar, as M. has a particular dislike of the word 'just'. Over the weeks we've added 'sorry' and few other well-chosen, mis-and-over-used words. The money collected will contribute to funding our year-end party at the Grad Lounge.
More photos soon as our in-class presentations take place over the next week or so.
(tech note: Blogger is a bear when it comes to
justifying text around photos. I finally gave in to
a few inconsistencies... I'm sure it will drive A.C.
crazy - he's so very great with posting wonderful
pics around beautifully constructed text!)