Class, Tues, 2/24/2015

Quiz: A Room, Chapter 4


  • Alley Perez, “Permanence”
  • Maggie Heidepriem, “Beyond the Burqua”
  • Kalah Adams, untitled

In pairs: Where and how might the author usefully make her piece:

  • More like Woolf (adopt)?
  • Less like Woolf (adapt)?

Be ready to ground your advice in specific moments in the text.

Quick Write: Look back over your w1. Where and how might you usefully make your piece more or less like Woolf?

Moment of Zen

Clive Thompson does Virginia Woolf: Trailblazer

To Do

  1. Thurs, 2/26: Read Chapter 5 of A Room (58–78)Be ready to offer a kind of chapter-by-chapter map of of Woolf’s book. How do the five chapters you’ve read so far demostrate different ways of developing a “train of thought”?
  2. Mon, 3/02 11:00 am: Post w2 to Dropbox.

Class, Thurs, 2/19/2015


Woolf, A Room of One’s Own, Chapter 2

Quick Write: Locate a brief passage from Chapter 2 in which Woolf does something as a writer that either interests or irks you. You must identify a specific passage, and by brief I mean ten lines or less. (A single phrase or sentence would be fine.)  Give a name to what you see Woolf as doing.  Explain why you admire it or why you  dislike it.

Thinking Toward w1

Quick Write: Identify something Woolf does as a writer that you would like to try out in w1.  Point to a passage in her text where she does what you’re talking about. How are you thinking about doing something like this in w1? Hand this piece in as your Exit Ticket. I’ll write you a quick email back tomorrow.

To Do

  1. Mon, 2/23, 11:00 am: Post w1 to Dropbox.
  2. Tues, 2/24, in class: Read Chapter 4 of A Room (58–78)Be ready to answer the following question: What does Woolf do in this chapter that differs from what she does in the first three?

Class, Tues, 2/17/2015

JH reads the first quizzes


How this counts: Grades.

Woolf, A Room of One’s Own, Chapters 1 and 2

  • Quiz
  • In pairs: Create a ¶ outline of Chapter 1
    • Number each ¶.
    • In two or three words, note the topic of the ¶, what it’s about.
    • List two or three keywords, phrases, or images from the ¶.


  • e1: Writing With Woolf
  • w1: A first draft

Moment of Zen



To Do

  1. Thurs, 2/19, class: Read  Woolf, Chapter 3 (43–58). Be ready to talk about how her approach as a writer and thinker differs from that in Chapters 1 or 2.
  2. Mon, 2/23, 11:00 am: Post w1 to Dropbox.

Class, Thurs, 2/12/2015

Woolf, A Room of One’s Own, Chapter 1

  • Quiz: Chapter 1 follows a day in the life of “Mary Beton.” Briefly describe the highlights of that day.
  • Reread Woolf’s first paragraph (5-6).
    • What strikes you as unusual about this ¶? In groups of three: Jot down a list at five or more items.
    • If this is an introduction, what does it introduce? How does Woolf establish a sense of direction or purpose for her writing? What promises does she make to her readers?


Moment of Zen

The president speaks.

To Do

  1. Tues, 2/17, class: Reread Woolf, Chapter 1  (5–26). Read Chapter 2 (27–42). Mark any passages that strike you as either interesting or puzzling. Be ready to answer these questions for both chapters: What kinds of materials does Woolf look at? What kinds of questions does she ask about those materials?
  2. Thurs, 2/19, class: Read  Woolf, Chapter 3 (43–58).
  3. Mon, 2/23, 11:00 am: Post w1 to Dropbox.

Class, Tues, 2/10/2015


  • About E110 and This Section
  • Quick Write: Tell a story about a good experience you’ve had with writing in school—a moment when you learned something useful or felt successful or had some fun. Don’t simply offer the lesson or moral of your tale. Describe what actually happened. Set the scene, describe the people involved, show how events unfolded. Try to tell your story in a way that lets your readers understand your point without needing you to explain it to them. I will ask you to read your story aloud as away of introducing yourself, and to hand it in at the end of class as your exit ticket.

Some Practical Matters

  • Food and drink
  • Electronic devices
  • Punctuality and deadlines

To Do

  1. Thurs, 2/12, class: Read Chapter 1 of A Room of One’s Own (5–26). Mark any passages that strike you as either interesting or puzzling.
  2. Thurs, 2/12, class: Review the course materials on this website. Jot down two or three questions you’d like to ask me.
  3. Thurs, 2/12, class: Create an account at Remember the email address you use to sign in.

UD | Spring 2015 | #060 Tues/Thurs, 12:30-1:45 Purnell 329