Wednesday, September 6th

Current-Events-Related-Announcement: The Westboro Baptist Church will be having some kind of demonstration on campus today around 3 PM. If you feel unsafe for any reason, the UC Safety Ambassadors will walk you across campus. Call 513-446-2968 to make use of this service.

Wednesday September 6th

– Detail Question: What’s a character trait that one of your friends or family members possesses that you wish you had?
– We read and responded to our Poem of the Day, “Accidental Blues Voice” by Anna Journey
– We discussed your experiences filling out the character questionnaire and talked about how social media can be a reflection of character
– We talked about how flawed, interesting, human-seeming characters often have conflicting traits (as per Gotham) — no character is just one thing all the time, just like a real human person!
– We began to build a character as a class, using the character questionnaire. Our as-yet-unnamed character’s bio sheet is right here for your perusal! We’ll finish building her on Friday before we talk about dialogue.

Homework for Wednesday, September 6th 

  • Read: Gotham: Chapter 6: “Dialogue: Talking it Up” (pgs. 126 – 149)
  • Read: Bird by Bird “Dialogue” (pgs. 64 – 73)
  • Read: All-dialogue stories “Slurpee Safari” and “Open Me
  • Listen and Record: Eavesdrop on a conversation, or a snippet of one. Could be your roommate talking to someone, could be a stranger in McMicken, or someone you overhear at work. Jot down what they’re saying to the extent you can remember it, but make sure to write down exactly what they say and how they say it. What verbal tics do you notice? How do they talk? Pay special attention to your own speech patterns, too!
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Friday, September 1st

Friday, September 1st

– Detail Question: What was the name of your (or your friend’s) childhood pet?
– We read and responded to our Poem of the Day, “The Trouble with Lightning” by T. J. Jarrett
– We looked at the scene from The Avengers and the scene from It’s a Wonderful Life and talked about the desires of the characters within these scenes and how they drove the story forward and created conflict both within the scene and within the story as a whole
– We talked about how conflict within characters (and within story in general) is decided by desire. The general way to tell a story is: have a character want something and put an obstacle in the character’s way
– Remember that melodrama (i.e. drama that doesn’t feel real to the world of the story) happens when the character’s goals don’t line up with their desires. When the desires seem unrealistic to what the characters are doing, that makes your story seem less believable. So: the the secret to making a believable character is to give them believable desires
– Since a scene generally takes place in one particular location, we brainstormed some locations on the board and then came up with some conflicts that could be occurring in these scenes, and what kind of characters (and desires) could arise from those conflicts
– You had a couple of minutes to write in your writing journals based on the locations and characters we came up with

Homework for Wednesday, September 6th 

  • Read: Gotham: “Where Characters Come From,” “Getting to Know Them,” “Kinds of Characters,” “Showing and Telling,” “Action,” “Speech,” “Appearance,” “Thought” “A Symphony of Methods,” “Only Relevant Details,” “What’s in a Name?” (pgs. 35 – 51)
  • Write: Fill out the Character Questionnaire (you can do this by copying it down in your journal or c/ping it and filling it out online)
  • Write: A series of blog posts, tweets, or status updates for a character (you don’t actually have to do this on social media; just in a notebook) that describes a conflict in some way. Then write a short, 1-2 page scene that captures that conflict. Set your scene in one of the following places:
  1. A gas station
  2. A 24-hour diner
  3. A high school gymnasium
  4. An aquarium
  5. A cemetery