Exercise #4 – Mimicking E.B. White

Think of the place  you started writing about in Exercise #3. Now, take the paragraph you chose for your Response #4, and write your version of it to fit your topic.

For example, here is White’s first sentence:

“One summer, along about 1904, a camp was rented by my father on a lake in Maine, and we were taken there for the month of August.”

I am writing about a trip to Jamaica. So,

One  spring,  shortly after we we married, a flight was booked by my wife and I to Montego Bay in Jamaica, where we rode our bicycles to the white sandy beach town of Negril.  

Notice, I didn’t worry about sticking exactly to the syntax of the sentence. And while the phrasing “a camp was booked” worked for White, I’m not sure it does for me. So, I’m going to re-write it:

One  spring,  shortly after we we married, my wife and I booked a flight to Montego Bay in Jamaica, where we rode bicycles to the white sandy beach town of Negril.

After you complete a full paragraph, write two more that follow logically. You can continue to mimic White, or simply write your own. You might also write one paragraph before and one after the one you mimic. As long as you finish with three paragraphs, any order is fine.  Due Feb. 13. Email to dlfarmer@alaska.edu.

 

 

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