KATHERINA—THE TAMING OF THE SHREW. William Shakespeare.
Forthwith this frame of mine was wrench'd
With a woful agony, 580
Which forced me to begin my tale;
And then it left me free.
Since then, at an uncertain hour,
That agony returns:
And till my ghastly tale is told, 585
This heart within me burns.
“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Janie full of the that oldest human longing--self revelation.
Their Eyes Were Watching God. Zora Neale Hurston.
Journey: Healing Myself
Healing Journey: Students and Community
Published Middlebury College
April 2001 for
Anisa, Iniko, Tiffany, & Maika
Transformative Effects of Writing
Good narratives or stories. . .organize seemingly infinite facets of overwhelming events. . .Once organized. . .the events are easier to deal with. . . writing moves us to a resolution. . .without resolving . . . traumas, they continue to live with [us].
People reach an understanding of these events and, once this is accomplished,
they no longer need to inhibit their talking any further.
Sachini’s Story -- Analyze the Personal
In a way, the sheet of paper, or the computer screen is like that other person to whom you are opening up (Sachini).
It's a way to put your thoughts in another place and allow them to sit and be analyzed rather than brewing up in an already jumbled up mind (Sachini).
Journey: to academic class
Some Writing Needs a Zone of Privacy
& on line
I still believe that the power of weblogs is their ability to immediately . . . get feedback, refinement, stories, etc., spurred by my little idea. Never before was this possible. Peter Merholz Our Blogs, Ourselves.
Posted on 01/25/2002
. . . writing into the images, narrating the story,
and bringing the images
to life using the power of digital media design tools, creates a powerful medium for presenting a story.
Center for Digital Storytelling
Personalize the Analytical-- Bruce Ballenger
While the purpose of the formal academic paper is to “fill gaps” in existing knowledge, the purpose of the research essay is to experiment with new ways of seeing existing knowledge, to find out rather than to prove.
Spoken words, books and letters have pivotal importance in Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Examine the role of words, books and letters in Persuasion, and compare these occurrences to a time in your own life when spoken words, books or letters played a pivotal role in your own life.
I remember the first essay that we wrote that had a personal aspect to it, and I wrote about the letter that my 3rd grade teacher wrote when my mom got sick (Sarah).
Now I understand-- Sarah’s Story
I remember that I didn't want to read it to the class-- looking back on that
I must have been a whole different person back then.
It also helped me to figure out why that letter was so important
-- for years I had thought about it and finally found it in a box of old letters but I never really understood why it was so important.
I understand it much better now--
writing about it was the first step.
Now it wouldn't bother me at all to read that out loud -- probably to any group of people.
Exploding Genre Boundaries Fusing Critical and Creative Assignments: from creative to critical
The paradox is this: the more you try to avoid painful feelings, the more signals you send the brain that they are important; because they have the power to scare you, the pain becomes worse. (Pain and Possibility 110)
The naming of your pain is a private key. . . it will unlock a door to new options (167).