Class of 2020 Bulletin Board
End Notes Essays
Complete a 1,500-word narrative End Notes essay, explaining the research, writing, ethical and other issues related to the development of your project.
As nonfiction writers, we sometimes reconstruct scenes and/or incorporate dialogue we didn’t personally witness. Unlike daily journalists, we don’t always attribute every fact or source of information within our text since, to do so, would slow down the narrative. And, unlike academics, we also prefer not to footnote every scrap of information within the text.
So how can readers decide whether to trust that the information we have presented as nonfiction is as accurate as we can make it? Many nonfiction writers use “End Notes” to
End Notes allow you to focus on the narrative flow in your storytelling while still providing those readers who want to know more about how and why you did what you did with transparency about your sources of information and the choices you made.
Many End Notes sections begin with an essay-like overview to explain the writer’s general approach followed by specific end notes for sections or chapters in the manuscript.
What I’m looking for in this assignment is that overview — 1,500 words explaining your effort to tell the truth as best you can. I know, your manuscript isn’t complete. Work with what you’ve done. You’ll likely incorporate some or all of this assignment into the End Notes section of your book.
To give you a better sense of the kind of essay I’m looking for, to find introductory sections of End Notes for published books, as well as some completed assignments by former students.
Deadline: November 15, 2019
Read five of the essays submitted by your fellow students, then respond to each one in 300 words, primarily as a reader. Address the following questions:
- Does the essay make clear how the writer gathered and evaluated key information used in the book and/or the writer’s approach to any factual issues raised by the book?
- Is the essay written in an engaging way that goes beyond simply providing information about sources?
- Does reading the essay intrigue you enough that you’d like to read more.
- Given that most readers come to End Notes after they’ve read the book, we’re — me too — at a disadvantage reading these as standalone essays. There’s nothing to be done about that, except to acknowledge reality and do our best to be helpful to the writer by raising any questions we think readers might have.
Deadline: November 29, 2019
Words: 300 each
2019 Summer Residency Info
V 2.0 (July 29, 2019)
- We’ll be posting a variety of readings related to various classes during the residency. Unless otherwise noted, these are not required readings but may be useful to read — in advance or later — to deepen your understanding of the topic. Readings will be for: (All), (21) or (20)
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