1. Warm-up for 1st and 3rd hours: Finish reading Sedaris' story with the following questions in mind:
a. What do you think makes this story work? In other words, what did you like and why?
b. How does the narrator subtly change throughout the story, and what instigates these changes?
1. Warm-up for 6th hour:
- Use any of the following topics to inspire a good ten minutes of writing:
- Your first day of kindergarten
- Learning to ride your bike
- Learning to drive a car
- Getting into trouble at school
- A time in which your friend was mean to you
- Getting punished by your parents
- The first time you asked someone out
- The first time someone asked you out
- The first time you got dumped
- The first time you dumped someone
- The first time you had to perform something in front of a crowd
2. Writing your premise:
a. Please read over the examples together and then compose your own (feel free to compose a few if you're not yet sure what to write about).
b. Publish your premise on today's blog.
3. Starting that first draft...
a. Read back over the memoir overview to remind yourself of the purpose of this writing.
b. Read over your object writing, your random autobiography, any other warm-ups we have done in class to figure out what event (or series of small events) you'd like to write about.
c. Just start writing! Silence that overactive, self-editing critic. You'll have plenty of time for critiquing later.
d. Remember the two rules:
- It must be quiet.
- You must use the entire time to write. Just write.
Finish at least the first two pages of your draft (typed, double spaced). This is a must.