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I spent the second half of the semester urging my students to think outside the creative writing box. It's an experimental course, I'd say, which means you've finally got a chance to go fucking wild. (I must've sounded like a broken record, really.)

Anyhow, without actually talking about the content of the assignments, I'd just like people to take note of some of the various delivery systems that were used for their final work. There were two zines, a set of postcards, a comic, a bucket load of coloured paper, most of which probably belongs to the giant jigsaw puzzle; a spoken word cd, a pair of cd cases, and two programs (remembering that killing my computer results in a fail); there is a strange board like object that looks as if its been dug out of the earth, a purse, and notes from someone's communal fridge; there is also a homemade diary held together by a silver tie, a powder blue wrapped box, a set of old, yellowed letters, and a series of blowups similar to those used by police to investigate crime scenes.

Just cool, isn't it?

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postmaudlin
Nov. 16th, 2004 08:35 pm (UTC)
pretty amazing, i'd say. sounds like your urging hit fertile ground!
benpeek
Nov. 16th, 2004 08:39 pm (UTC)
it looks it. but it's the kind of course where people either really get into it, or just do qhat is required to cruise. but it does look as if they all went and stretched, which is cool.

now i just got to see if the content shows that same spark.
strangedave
Nov. 16th, 2004 08:53 pm (UTC)
Lucky you are urging creativity to creative people. My father in law used to teach a course on creativity in business to business students, and would urge them to deliver their assignments as creatively as possible. The majority would deliver a conventional assignment using coloured pencils occasionally.

He did once get a model tree with things written on the leaves, though.
benpeek
Nov. 16th, 2004 09:01 pm (UTC)
the equivalent of that in this course is people who place their words over the page in different patterns, but without thinking how it aids the work they have. still, i'm real confident i won't get any like that.

the tree sounds cool, though.

and hello, to the newly friend dave. *wave*
bodhichitta0
Nov. 17th, 2004 12:56 pm (UTC)
I think the blowups sound really cool.
switchknitter
Nov. 17th, 2004 01:06 pm (UTC)
Too cool. Can I have you as a teacher?
benpeek
Nov. 17th, 2004 05:26 pm (UTC)
sure can. does that mean i have a job in the states?
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