Robert Hamill

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Writer’s Notes

In Craft, Creative Writing, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poems on March 24, 2011 at 4:02 pm

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Welcome to “Uncertain Ground”, the blog magazine of my efforts in Professor Ryna May’s Creative Writing course at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD taken in Spring 2011.

Here you will find ten of my coursework pieces – three stories and seven poems.   I’ll be happy to read any comments you post.

On this front page are links to the final versions of my course writings. At the bottom of each final version, there is a link to the original version, which can be read to see the improvements made as the result of constructive criticisms.

On entering the Creative Writing course, I had no academic background in writing, but I had a fair idea of what story was.  Thus short stories were not a surprise to me; however  I was surprised that the course treated non-fiction creative writing exclusively as stories from one’s life.  I expected something more like a newspaper columnist or an essayist approach.

Also on the prose side, I came with the attitude that some events are worthy of creation in words because of their revelation about character or society, but I found they would be judged, here and probably in general circulation, by the convention of stories.  So a big lesson for me was that revelations should be cast more tightly into the story mode, if I want them read.

Click for my reflections on revision in both prose and poetry.

Robert Hamill
May 10, 2011

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