1. a record of events written by a person having intimate knowledge of them and based on personal observation. 2. Usually, a. an account of one's personal life and experiences; autobiography. b. the published record of the proceedings of a group or organization, as of a learned society. 3. a biography or biographical sketch.
1. the transitional period between puberty and adulthood in human development, extending mainly over the teen years and terminating legally when the age of maturity is reached; youth. 2. the process or state of growing to maturity. 3. a period or stage of development, as of a society, preceding maturity.
Throughout the course of the first semester, we have discussed the importance of memory in writing. It is a function that allows us to make meaning of our experiences, which essentially define who we become not only as writers, but specifically as story-tellers. Even in the context of formal essay or academic writing, there is a story to share.
Eudora Welty's memoir, One Writer's Beginnings, reads like a series of photographic snapshots. This makes sense, considering she was a photographer at one point in her life. Indeed her memoir is a composite whole of many parts, bits and pieces of her life taken together to form a seamless autobiography.
Taking a tip from Welty and a professor I had in grad school, Dr. Richard Wertime, for a course on the adolescent experience in American and British literature, I would like you to write a brief memoir--a minimum of three pages / maximum of five--in which you capture a decisive or transformative adolescent experience that "you" have had. The experience can be a positive or a negative one, or some mixture of both--there's no limit on how extreme the experience you depict might be.
This effort should be:
a. written in first-person singular voice
b. drawn from your own personal experience
c. as realistic and true to the way the event happened as humanly possible
Please give me a typed hard copy in standard MLA format.
This assignment is due in my mailbox by Thursday, May 14, 2009. No exceptions for late submissions. You will receive a zero.
This assignment will be out of 100 pts.
I will use the typical rubric, which includes a total of 20 pts. for each area of critique: Meaning, Development, Organization, Language, Mechanics.
Any questions, please feel free to axe.
Brother Robert K. Peach, FSC