Irvine Valley College

Online Creative Writing Workshop

Writing 10 - Introduction to Creative Writing

Spring 2012 - Ticket # 64580

Marjorie Coverley Luesebrink, Instructor


Week 11: Default Assumptions - 

Default Assumptions

1.   Online Lecture for Week 11

2.  Assigned Reading:

                 F. Scott Fitzgerald's Winter Dreams (from Hudson's Online) 

                 Hypermedia work: Afterimage by M.D. Coverley

F. Scott Fitzgerald's Winter Dreams (from Hudson's Online) is a great piece to look at since Fitzgerald assumes that he has a white, upper-class audience - the kind that would be golfers and not caddies!!

                 Hypermedia work: Afterimage by M.D. Coverley -- this piece shows how sensory detail can be the suggestion for Default Assumptions.


3. Weekly Writing Exercise  -- Class Exercises #11

Default Assumptions depend heavily on the audience you believe you are addressing.  Your Default Assumptions  Assignment is to write a short piece (please, two paragraphs for this!) in which you consciously construct some default assumptions in the first paragraph and then, equally consciously, confirm those assumptions in the second paragraph.  That is, you need to know what conclusion you believe your reader will reach from incomplete information in the first paragraph - and then you need to demonstrate to us what you thought the default was by filling it in in the second paragraph.  (See Exercises11.)  Try to do a little narrative for this if you can - although I realize this exercise is very mechanical!!  Again, here, the story content is not as important as the exercise with POV control!  

4. Workshop Critique 


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Marjorie Coverley Luesebrink, your Instructor, is a Professor of English in the School of Humanities and Languages

Irvine Valley College, Irvine, California