First off, don’t forget our reading event at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 8. I look forward to celebrating the cool work you’ve done this semester. Thank you! Below, please find the criteria for the final paper again. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have additional questions following our last class.
Please also remember I will also be reviewing your final portfolios again during finals week so make sure any revisions to work are completed by May 10, and make sure you have included your “about” portfolio statement.
Your final paper is due no later than 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Papers may be emailed to me or you can drop off hard copy at my office, BEN 219. All emailed papers will receive a return email of receipt. If I don’t reply, I did not receive your paper. Electronic mishaps will not be granted deadline exceptions. All papers will have a one grade deduction for each day late, and no late papers will be excepted after Friday, May 12.
Final paper parameters:
Topic: Both “Serial” and In Cold Blood are considered works that took innovative approaches to narrative in order to tell a story in new ways that had a profound impact on readers/listeners. At the same time, both make use of the fundamental elements of creative nonfiction: point of view, plot, characterization, sensory details, to name a few. For this paper, identify one element of storytelling and discuss how it was approached in both works—similarities and differences—and consider the ways in which the technique and platform influenced the content. You may wish to consider our other work and readings regarding the use of multimedia platforms for storytelling.
Length: 800-1,000 words
Resources: In addition to the source materials (In Cold Blood and “Serial”) you may find the following of use:
If you become addicted, I highly recommend Slate Magazine’s Serial Spoiler podcast.