My husband pretty much says it all (and way better than I ever could) so I’ll just reblog his post for now 🙂
About 10 days ago, I dug into 21 stories produced by my students in “Specialized Writing.” I’m not going to lie to you. Reading 21 5,000-word stories took some time. Hours and hours and hours. But this was not like reading academic writing (with apologies to those who like academic writing). These were stories. STORIES.
Here’s what they were not. Typical.
My student reporters did not just gather quotes and facts and compose news stories (not that there’s anything wrong with that). They didn’t craft soft feature stories about easy-to-access topics. These stories (the best of them, especially) are personal, compelling, and rich with detail and intrigue. They have characters, plot, dialogue and scenes. They’re the kinds of stories that appear in great magazines. The kinds of stories that are turned into books, and movies, and TV shows. They keep you reading…
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