This has been such an excellent semester. I really look forward to reading your final portfolios.
Don’t forget, on May 8, we have a few more CWL events. 10:30 a.m. in O’Shaughnessy, come by for a multimedia reading of poetry and other short works. And, at 1 p.m., we’ll have the senior book showcase in Fogelson.
Now, onto the Final Portfolio Requirements!
Your final portfolios are due to me NO LATER than 5 p.m., Friday, May 12. 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. 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.