Homework and Schedule until the end!

For class on Monday, 11/28

We have a lot of readings to catch up on, so for this class, please have a look at readings from the past two weeks, and choose a point or quote or part of a reading you found especially interesting to bring up in class. Be prepared to share. We’ve had readings on gender, class, and disability–and I’d like to catch up as much as we can.

Also, lord help me, we will finally look at those offensive book covers.

I’ll also make time for doing your class evaluations.

For class on Wednesday, 11/30

First, bring a “classic” novel or nonfiction book by a white writer with you to class. And read these:

I’d like us to take some time in class to come up with a concrete list of ways we, as writers and potential publishers, can enact changes in our lives as we move forward.

For class on Wednesday, 12/7, 3:00 (our final exam time)

Mostly this is our chance to wrap up and say goodbye. I think it would be fun to share some readings and ideas that have inspired us over the course of the semester, perhaps share a children’s book or two we love. There can be food. We’ll touch base on Monday to make an official plan, no readings necessary.


Homework for 11/21 and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Homework for 11/21

I’ve just talked to both of our guests, who are understandably feeling emotional post-election. Instead of a more traditional talk about publishing, both women seem to prefer a more honest discussion about the importance of art in difficult times. I think we’re in for a treat. Melissa Pritchard, who has been publishing her work for several decades about women, wanted to share this article, and Renee Simms, who writes frequently about gender and race and publishing, this article. (It’s fairly dense, but she’ll talk to us about many of the facets of it on Monday.)

I know we’ve talked about race a lot, but I’m hoping these perspectives by women will also touch on the gender readings we read not too long ago, and they’ll help us transition into thinking about what we, as writers and potential publishers, can do to change the industry (i.e. the world, yes? Art is more important now than ever). That will be the focus of readings during our last week of class as well: some good news and inspiring perspectives as we move forward.

Please enjoy your Thanksgiving break! And check back next week for those last-week-of-class readings.

Homework for 11/14 & 11/16

Homework for 11/14

First, keep working on your responsibilities for the final class project. Unheard is this week! E-mail with any questions.

We’ll be meeting in the library distance learning room on Monday to talk to Dawn Dorland and Melissa Chadburn about issues of class in publishing. The first link has information about the organization Melissa works for (the rest are more general readings on poverty/class), and Dawn ran the amazing panel at AWP last year on class and publishing. I’ll make sure they introduce themselves at the start of the talk:

Homework for 11/16

A few readings about ableism in publishing. We’ll head over to the library to set up the Unheard shelf for the latter part of class. For the first part, be prepared to share your horrible book cover from last week. And next week, we’ll catch up on discussing readings from this week and last.


Homework for 11/7 and 11/9

Homework for 11/7

Homework for 11/9

  • Read “On Pandering” by Claire Vaye Watkins
  • Read Marlon James’s response on Facebook (and any of the 43 comments you feel like diving into)
  • Listen to this NPR story with both writers.
  • Lastly, find a book cover you find is offensive in some way. (Remember how Vivian Lee said she wants her books’ designs to focus on the stories, not their “diverse” elements? Find a book you think does a bad job at this, in any way–race-wise, gender-wise, sexuality-wise, disability-wise, etc. I’ll pull them up on the overhead in class.)