Lesson plans, readings, and resources to inspire your students.
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Living with an Author and a Translator
Adapted from Curtis Bauer, The Common’s Translation Editor, and Director of Creative Writing Program and teacher of Comparative Literature at Texas Tech University.
In this exercise you will explore the multidimensionality of a poem, essay, or story by “living with” the author and translator: reading and thinking about their work every day for a week. This is a multi-step assignment so read carefully and make sure you plan in advance.
First Year Seminar: The Short Story at Home and Abroad
Adapted from Martha Cooley, Associate Professor of English, Adelphi University
Propose a new literary magazine:
Imagine a literary magazine (or journal, or review—use whichever term you prefer) that YOU would like to read on a regular basis.
Remember that a literary magazine values good writing and good thinking. Its purpose is not commercial or professional; its purpose is to showcase new, high-quality writing.
Now pretend you’ll be the magazine’s founder and editor-in-chief. As such, you need to develop a “pitch”—that is, a brief, compelling description of the publication that you can offer to people who might be willing to help you make it happen.
What will you say to them when they ask, “What are your hopes and goals for this publication?”
Naturally, you’ll say that the quality of the writing will have to be consistently excellent—otherwise, why bother? Beyond this essential requirement, think about what you would you like your new literary magazine to contain.