Saturday, August 20, 2016

prying open process...

This semester, for each story my writing students read, I'm going to ask them to do something I've never asked before. Invent a moment(s) in the author's life in which a glimmer of this story came to them. Don't research the writer's life. Don't look up interviews. Just, while reading the story, reflect on the writer's possible points of entry from life to story. The point isn't to gain insight into this or that published writer's process, but into the student's individual creative processes, to have them acknowledge that writers have creative processes (including themselves), to engage with the idea that the story didn't exist and then it did, but it didn't arrive whole.