Ok, so maybe I chose the title for this post because I’m hours past lunch and hours away from dinner… or, maybe it stands on its own. I found a couple of things related to the CLC’s interests, although they may have no other links to themselves.

#1 — What Star Trek Can Teach Us About Writing

Some of us here are Creative Writing types — you probably already know these tips. Some of us are English Ed types — you probably can appreciate modeling in a workshop. But how many of us really think we’re experts in both fields? (Don’t answer that, Tobi!)

“What Star Trek Can Teach Us About Writing” is a great blog post that does just that — it uses the recent film Star Trek to illustrate some points about effective story telling. Using movies and TV shows is a great way to model the art of writing, and it’s a great way to connect with people that might be totally different from you. Rather than advising them, “Don’t tell me about your character, show me,” talk about a movie that you both have seen and how we learn about characters through actions.

Anyway… it’s really cool even if you aren’t a sci-fi nerd like me.

#2 — (on the more serious side) Incarceration in the United States

Perhaps the information isn’t new to you, but its presentation is compelling.

#3 — (how’s this for on the mark?) Communicating from Prison

Does it require an explanation?



2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Kristen Lamb on September 13, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out! 😀 MUCH appreciated. I teach novel writing workshops and movies and TV are more time-effective and more likely to have been already watched by the group. It is also easier to assign a movie than a book as homework. Don’t get me wrong, they still need to read, but it is simpler to assign movies that are a great study in character, tension, setting, pacing, etc. The student can study more material in less time…leaving more time to read the really salient books.

    Sorry for the rambling. Thanks so much for mentioning my blog.

    Kristen Lamb


  2. Posted by Vince Darcangelo on September 22, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Hi Doug. Great post. Fun and educational, and a reminder of the various ways to approach teaching and learning. I agree, an illustration of showing a character or scene is more constructive than giving students the annoying mantra of “Show, don’t tell!”


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