Thank you for all your hard work this semester. I’ve really appreciated both the work you’ve generated creatively, as well as all your insightful observations from our readings.
Below is (yet again) your final portfolio requirements. Email them to me and remember I’ll confirm that I’ve received your materials. Congratulations on your work this semester and your accomplishments throughout your college careers.
Your final portfolios are due to me NO LATER than 5 p.m., Friday, May 11, and sooner would be better as this is graduation day. This is the last hour of the last day of finals week and grades are due the following week. Accordingly, I will not be accepting any late work. You may either email or turn in hard copy of your portfolio—my guess is email would be easier given the various hours of the building being open. If you want to turn in hard copy, please let me know so we can arrange a drop-off spot. Please be advised I will respond if you send by email to confirm receipt. If I don’t, I didn’t receive it. No extensions will be granted due to technological mishaps.
FINAL PORTFOLIO COMPONENTS:
- Self-interview portfolio statement. DETAILS BELOW.
- First internal essay, workshop version and revised version
- Reported/external essay, workshop version and revised version
- Lyric essay, workshop version and revised version
SELF-INTERVIEW PORTFOLIO STATEMENT
In lieu of a regular-old portfolio statement, I thought a hermit-crab-style portfolio statement seemed more fun. We will be using the “self-interview” style, such as that for the Daniel Nester piece I had you read. The Nervous Breakdown has self-interviews on a regular basis, so you can also check out other ones if you want. Please format them as TNB does.
For your self-interview, please ask yourself seven questions. I am assigning the general topic of six of them, but you are responsible for phrasing the question and, of course, responding to it. Here they are:
- This is a question about your internal essay that discusses the revisions you undertook.
- This is a question about your external essay that discusses the revisions you undertook.
- This is a question about your lyric essay that discusses the revisions you undertook.
- This is a question about the area of craft in creative nonfiction that you consider your strength.
- This is a question about the area of craft in creative nonfiction that you consider your weakness.
- This is a question about one of the essays you read this semester that had an influence on how you think about your work and creative nonfiction in general.
- This is a question you made up yourself about any topic that has some connection to the work you read or wrote this semester.