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Your profiles so far

Happy to be reading them. I was impressed with the breadth of personalities you’re writing about.

Please spend some time this week reading “Resurrecting the Champ” by J.R. Moheringer.

Next week we’re going to talk about the piece as well as endings. Plus I will have feedback for you on your rough drafts.



The American Male at Age Ten, by Susan Orlean. She’s someone whose work you need to be familiar with. Did you see the movie Adaptation? It was based on her book The Orchid Thief.
UPDATE: We will be discussing this Feb. 11, that’s next time. Also we’ll be talking about choosing a profile topic. Keep thinking about it.

Problems with

Everyone is having difficulties. I will not hold it against you. I have called the writersmarket people and let them know I drove a whole bunch of business their way and I’m not really happy. I’m sure they won’t care, but who knows? Hopefully their Web site will be fixed soon. Anyway, just turn it in. I am more interested in reading your ideas than on where you may see those ideas published. Do what you can. List a few magazines that come to mind. We’ll be using writersmarket all semester, so there will be time to do more research.


Reminder for class 1/28

For our next class, make sure you have read “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold.” , by Gay Talese. We will be discussing this so come with something to say, especially¬† about character development and scenes. Please print out a copy of the story for your reference and bring it to class.

Also, bring five story ideas, about one paragraph each. In each paragraph, please identify “The Main Thing” and “The Other Thing” in your potential story.

And, identify at least two magazines where you would pitch your story and tell me briefly why.

In order to do that, you’ll need a copy of 2009 Writer’s Market or buy a membership (about $6 per month) to

Any questions? Email me.
Thanks. See you Wednesday.


Here is the syllabus for Spring 2009.

Roger the dog

Also, sometimes I just like to post pictures of my dogs.



Hi, guys

Dan here. I’m looking forward to this class. I’m going to use this Web site to try to get you as much information about class as you need, and also as a place to provide class readings. We may experiment later in the semester by having you post drafts of your work up here for the rest of us to critique. I haven’t quite figured it out yet, though. There are an awful lot of you (29 as of right now).

Anyway, about the readings. College students are often broke and I always resented as a student having to pay hundreds of dollars per semester for books. So here I will post the readings, and you can ingest them however you want. Print it out, read it on your laptops, send it to your selves in a series of several hundred text messages. Don’t care.

But do read them. Do have something intelligent to say about them. Or ask a question. Be prepared to talk.

Any news about the class — room changes, cancellations, etc. — will be found here throughout the semester. I understand that you guys have access to Blackboard, but I am a graduate student myself at another college and I hate, hate blackboard. So we’re not going to use it.