Extra Credit

Our campus offers numerous opportunities to explore and experience the writing life. As an incentive for you to get to one of the many events, lectures, workshops, readings, conversations, I offer you the following extra credit opportunity.

Attend an event that focuses in some way on writing: a Writing Center workshop or consultation; a Sophie Kerr lecture or reading at the Literary House or elsewhere on campus that features a writer or scholar. Post to your blog a reflection (250-500 words) on the experience: what and where the event was; what you saw and heard from the writer or workshop; what you learned and might forward into or experiment with in your own writing; your evaluation of the experience. After posting to your blog, copy the url of that post into a comment on this page. At the end of the semester, I will read and award extra credit to your participation grade for each complete reflection (up to 2 separate events).

Sophie Kerr events.

Literary House events.

Writing Center workshops or conferences.


21 Comments on “Extra Credit”

  1. xmu2 says:

    Response of The Two Gentlemenof The Verona
    There was a living theater of The Two Gentlemen of Verona at Decker theater, Center. In this play, a variety of actors performed the characters of The Two Gentlemen of Verona. The whole story is about a gentleman named Valentine forgive his friend Proteus’ betrayal that gets him banished even chases after his beloved lady, meanwhile, Proteus was forgiven by his girlfriend Julia who loves him deeply. I saw that the actors used body language to show their strong emotion. In one of the scenes, Julia angrily tossed Proteus’ love letter into pieces as well as as pretended to be pissed off when her servant Lucetta was around. However, after her servant left, she slipped on the floor hilariously then kissed every fragmented pieces. And another thing I saw is that the actors on the stage communicated with audiences. In one of the scenes, Julia cried despairingly for Proteus’ betrayal while suddenly asked the audience who sited in the front of the stage: Isn’t that too harsh for me, sir? What also impressed me is the harmonious color of Valentine and Sylvia’s outfits. In this play, Valentine and Sylvia were two devoted lovers and they vowed that they will never leave each other alone. The method to show their loyalty towards love is expressed by their outfits. When audiences watched them hugged gently on the stage while both are wearing sapphire blue, they may think that what a lovely couple. This experience really helps me with my writing because I saw the connection between this play and the techniques of writing. What’s imperative is the connection between the author and the reader is. In the play, the actors on the stage talked to the audience directly which makes the audience feel that they not just watch the show they are also performed on the stage like the actors. When it comes to writing, we can communicate with readers by words, such as directly posting questions towards readers: So what’s your opinion or now dear readers, you might feel unsatisfied with my argument. Communicating with readers establishes connections between the writer and the reader which makes them more intimate, meanwhile, by feeling like they are talking to the author face to face, readers are developed to understand the author’s sentences intensively. My evaluation through this experience is that the actors and staffs have done many hard-working. From the delicacy of the clothes and the body language and the strong emotion they use on the stage, one can see they make all the efforts to prepare for this play. Moreover, the main theme of this play is about forgiveness and infidelity, conflict between friendship and love. Among those despicable emotions, there still exists true love, which refers to Sylvia and Valentine. The most essential thing is that I learned some techniques that helps with my future writing.


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