Here’s a link to Amanda reading her essay “The Room.” Beautifully presented, and full of dramatic tension!
Read through the essay. Is there any place that you might apply a paragraph or two of “perhapsing” or speculation? For example, I am writing about my father. There’s a section where we are driving together through Kansas, and the small towns where he grew up. I found it useful to imagine what he was thinking as we drove through the town where he went to high school.
Give it a try. Write 2-3 paragraphs. It’s okay if this doesn’t end up in your final essay – but it might just give you new insight into the work.
Enjoy this! It is your final exercise of the semester.