Want to meet for a half hour WITH BOTH LABS (Tuesday and Thursday’s group) at the Digital Media Lab at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
(Thursday group, if any of you have other obligations at that time, please send me a note immediately).
Reason for the change is to give both labs equal time with this week’s assignment, as well as ample time to research/report your features. This will be the last in-class assignment of the semester.
Assignment: Go down to Happy Park (Sun Yat Sen Square) and spend at least15 minutes standing or sitting in one place and write down what you observe – be as specific as possible so you can set the scene for your reader who won’t have the chance to see what you see.
WRITE THREE DESCRIPTIVE PARAGRAPHS
Deadline: For both labs due by 9 p.m. Friday. Name document: Park (“Your name here”) with the same subject line: Park (Your Name Here)
Use all your senses – smell, too!
Be wary of making assumptions, and avoid stereotyping
- details can avoid that
- show don’t tell! Stereotypes tell, details show!
- What’s a “foreigner”? “Non-Chinese”? That fair?
Cultivate an obsession with details
- if there are shadows/clouds, what shape are they?
- If someone has a handbag, what color is it, how heavy does it look based on how it’s being carried?
- Eavesdrop! Listen to what others are saying. What’s going on?
Reading – details in feature stories.
Have a read of this incredible story series, which won the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing last year: http://www.pulitzer.org/archives/9151
Note the incredible detail, and more importantly, imagine all the questions the writer must have asked and researched to get this level of detail.
Feature story drafts – if you want me to review a draft of your feature, please send the draft no later than Friday April 20 at 9 p.m.
Final draft of your feature story is due by 11:59 p.m. Friday April 27.
Questions? Let me know.