Welcome back to school! This is the page for the Creative Writing I course for Spring 2011, taught by Gord Sellar. We are scheduled to meet on Wednesday mornings from 10:00am-12:00pm, and Fridays from 11:00am-12:00pm. (If the class remains small, we may meet sometimes, or always, at my office instead, since this will give us […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Welcome to Creative Writing, Spring 2011!
Here’s the homework I assigned in class: Open a Google Account (for example. by creating a GoogleMail account) and, if Google is not your main email account, set up GoogleMail to forward email to whatever email account you regularly check. Think about your favorite book or books; ask yourself why you like it/them so much; […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Week 1 Homework
I recently saw an interesting video by Michael Ruhlman, a chef who works in the United States. Here’s what he had to say: Had Something to Say – Thomas Keller from michael ruhlman on Vimeo. Ruhlman is talking about a chef friend of his who talked about what it takes to make a great restaurant […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on On Pushing Yourself, and Not Saying No
I assigned a little more homework this morning, but I realized after class that you guys didn’t organize yourselves to do it. I asked you to meet up with classmates before next Friday morning as a group, and go out for food or drinks so you could spend time together. I also asked you to […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Homework from Friday, 4 March
Folks, here’s your homework for next week: Go out as a group and get to know one another. You should especially talk about books or authors that you enjoy. If you don’t read books, then I don’t understand why you’re in a Creative Writing class, but talk about films you have enjoyed. And if you […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Give Me Your Information!
Today, we discussed the difference between Flat Characters and Rounded Characters. You can read more about these types of characters here, and here. I agree with Gayle Moran’s observation, true of both flat and rounded characters, that: The requirement of good fiction is that each character be characterized fully enough to justify his or her […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Summary & Homework, March 11th Class
Sorry about the errors some of you were getting. The link for the Student Information Sheets should now be working on all pages in this site.Continue Reading... Comments Off on Student Info Sheets: Now Downloadable
Hi folks, Here’s what’s up for next week. Read “Farangs”, a story by Rattawut Lapcharoensap (from this book). It will be available in the Department Office (IH341) from the morning of Thursday, 17 March. The copies of the story will be in a small box on the table between the two couches. When you read […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Character Sketches and Scenes
Today, we discussed a couple of the “scenes” that were handed in for “flat characters,” as well as discussing Rattawut Lapcharoensap’s “Farangs.” We did not get around to my suggesting a new reading, nor did we get to discuss the “Rounded” character. However, the idea of a Rounded Character is pretty easy: the Rounded character […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Today’s Stuff…
For those who are preparing proposals for the orientation contest, the deadline has been changed to this Monday, 4 April. Please be sure to submit your proposals to the Department office (IH341) by Monday afternoon.Continue Reading... Comments Off on Presentation Contest Deadline Changed