ENG210: Wk 11

The City

This week we look at writing that uses the city as a referent.

Not everyone lives in or wants to write about the city – this topic can be expanded to writing about your place, writing about your culture. Think about what is local for you, what makes you feel a sense of place.

Steps to Follow

Step 1: Readthe Week 11 notes

Step 2: Listen to Lecture 6: Story and narrative(accessed from Resource CD-ROM 1)

Step 3: Do the Readings for this week

Step 4: Complete the Writing Exercises for this week

Write a piece in any genre using the city as your referent and/or topic. This is an opportunity for you to use your own observations and ideas, to draw on your own experience of the city and apply it to your creative process.

You might consider writing a story, or a text of fragments, or a collage. Or think about the implications of the fragmented form as appropriate for the subject of the city, or try to use any of the other techniques and strategies engaged with so far.

Don’t write generally “about” the city; rather have a narrator or character(s) in a specific city situation doing something.

READINGS

Find your own examples of writing in a city setting.

Look at how writers use the city in their writing as a stimulus for your own creative work.

Readings

Find your own examples of writing in a city setting. Do any of the examples you have read for this unit so far create a sense of any particular kind of urban life? Are there any that create a sense of a particular place, or culture? Go back to any of the topics and see if you can identify examples of particularity in writing place and culture?

Look at how writers use the city, or place, in their writing as a stimulus for your own creative work.

Writing Exercises

Write a piece in any genre using the city as your referent and/or topic. Or, take on board the expansion of this topic to ‘writing your place, writing your culture’. This is an opportunity for you to use your own observations and ideas, to draw on your own experience of the city, and place and culture, and apply it to your creative process.

You might consider writing a story, or a text of fragments, or a collage.  Or think about the implications of the fragmented form as appropriate for the subject of the city or experiences of place, or try to use any of the other techniques and strategies engaged with so far.

Don’t write generally “about” the city or the place; rather have a narrator or character(s) in a specific situation of place, doing something.

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