“I dream of an art so transparent that you can look through and see the world.’
DUE: February 24. Essay should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 PM.
Write about a place that is important to you. Ideally, this will be the place you chose for exercises 3 & 4.
You will have to decide what is essential about the place, what you want the reader to most understand. Try to reveal the place through specific memories of the place, through scenes (including dialogue, perhaps), or through your own perceptions and judgments (interiority). Once read, a reader should feel that they have experienced the place and shared your emotional attachment to it. Showing us how you perceive the place will reveal yourself to us.
Shoot for 6+ pages.
Writing Tip: Strunk and White’s (yep, E.B, that White) The Elements of Style advises writers to “place emphatic words in a sentence at the end.’ A period acts as a stop sign, and the slight pause magnifies the final word as well as the beginning of the next sentence. By placing the important words at the beginnings and endings of sentences, writing will often have more of an impact on a reader.
Here’s an example, from Ellen Meloy’s The Anthropology of Turquoise:
“One toad squats in a clenched fist of dusky, mottled skin. The ice paralyzes the tension of its coiled muscles. Another toad is suspended mid-leap, a slender athlete of olive green and tenderly pale limbs and flanks that are so white they are blue. The leaper stretches its slim legs, it holds its toes with a ballerina’s grace, casting behind it a wake of air bubbles stilled by the cold into bright diamonds. Eyefolds hide its black, glassy orbs” (14).
Notice how often Meloy begins and ends her sentences with specific nouns or images. Keep this in mind as you begin your next next essay.