Lit Lessons #3 Intentional Fallacy

This in today from George Saunders, in the Guardian.  What writers really do when they write.  Check it out.  I think my favorite like is this thought early on in the article:  We often discuss art this way: the artist had something he “wanted to express”, and then he just, you know … expressed it. We buy into some version …

Lit Lesson #2: Artistic Creation

Three Iconic Musicians on Artistic Creation — and Its Importance Now (from Tom Waits) “Well, music is emotional, once you transcend the equipment,” he said. “I like sitting at the piano. I like the idea that there are things coming in through the window and through you and then down to the piano and out the window on the other side. If you …

It’s Live: blackbirdstudiopdx.com!

I have to shout out Josh and Mike over at SideResult.  They built this killer site and got me into the 21st century!  Thanks, guys. This blog will be for literary insights, and lessons.  I’ll call them Lit Lessons!  Little snippets the students bring into class, that I find in my reading and listening to podcasts and even brain explosions …

Lit Lessons #1

Way back when I was young teacher, I found this in a Pixar tip sheep.  It’s a structure outline and yes, when you think about it, structure is that easy. Once upon a time there was ___.  Every day, ___.  One day ___.  Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___.  Until finally ___. But don’t trust me on this, …