Irvine Valley College
Online Creative Writing Workshop
Writing 10 - Introduction to Creative Writing
Spring 2012 - Ticket # 64580
Marjorie Coverley Luesebrink, Instructor
1. Assigned Reading:
A short story with an unusual beginning and ending: "One of These Days" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
I am using Garcia-Marquez' story as an example of a great first line in the lecture for this week. I hope this little story will give you an idea of the complexity and beauty of his work and perhaps encourage you to read more! The beginning of *One Hundred Years of Solitude* (no longer online) is a classic illustration of the importance of first lines. I recommend Michael Chabon's *The Mysteries of Pittsburgh* for a super example of a last paragraph.
Also this week, a good time to look at something like Joyce Carol Oates' Home Page - she is a prolific writer - and a fine one. Her home page contains many segments of her novels and short stories - all of them showing the care that might be exercised in the first and last paragraphs!
2. Weekly Exercise: There will be no weekly exercise this week, just a few lecture notes. I hope that you can put this "Beginnings and Endings" information to use on a final Workshop piece!
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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