Session 28: Follow Up Post with Finals Week Information

Thanks for reading in today’s class everyone. It was good to hear your words and to hear which writing assignments produced your favorite pieces. There were excerpts of poetry, fiction, and memoir, and one free write. We’ve done a lot of work this semester!

As was discussed in class, you have three things coming up this week:

  1. Final Reflective Activity: on Blackboard, Thursday, May 19 in the early am through end of the day on Friday. (48 hours) This last assignment, which is worth 5% of your course grade. This is not a test of the readings. It will ask you to review the work you’ve done this semester with questions and answers of 1-2 paragraphs. We were originally going to do this in class, but I felt that doing the assignment online will make this less of “timed” test and more of the actual reflective process.
  2. Creative Writing Survey:  This very short survey asks about student interest in several creative writing courses that are in development in the English department. This activity will constitute the way I take attendance for Tuesday, May 24. Make sure to input your City Tech email so I know who you are. Link is now live HERE:
  3. Memoir Revisions and Late Assignments: The Memoir Folder will open on Thursday, May 19 and close at the end of the day on Sunday, May 22. For information on the Revision Note that must be included with revisions and other details see this post: Instructions for Memoir Revisions (and Late Assignments)

As always, I’m available on email for questions: or during my office hours on ZOOM. Office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays on ZOOM: .

Write on and good luck during finals week,
Prof. Sears

ENG 1141 Session 27 Follow Up Information


Nice job on the workshop today. I heard some thoughtful and sincere comments floating around the room! Just a reminder of two pressing items:

      • Remember to turn in the Memoir Assignment to Blackboard by the end of the day on Sunday, May 15.
      • Prepare a short reading for Tuesday’s class.

You can always email me if you have questions:

I’m also available during office hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-5 pm:

Write on,
Prof. Sears


Session 26: Follow Up Links

Memoir is both challenging and rewarding to read and also takes courage to share. You all did well in today’s workshop. We’ll have one more round of workshops on Thursday, May 12. You’ll be grouped with new readers.

In the meantime, here are two informational links:

You can also email me anytime or visit me during office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-5 pm:

Write on,
Prof. Sears

ENG 1141: Agenda for the remaining days of the semester

  • Thursday, May 12: In-class Memoir Workshop 2
  • Tuesday, May 17: In-class readings (fun!)
  • Thursday, May 19: Final: Reflective Writing Activity on Blackboard

Memoir Assignment: the folder will open after class on Thursday, May 12 and remain open until the end of the day on Sunday, May 15. Those who get assignments in on time will have a chance to revise their work.

Email with questions:

ENG 1141 Session 25: IMPORTANT Follow-Up Links


In these last weeks of the semester, it can seem hard to focus, but we have some more work to do before we end our semester together. Here are some important links and topics reviewed in today’s class:

  • The end-of-the-semester agenda is here: ENG 1141 End of Semester Agenda
  • Remember, the Memoir Reading Quiz (5% of your grade) on Blackboard from Monday, May 9, noon to Tuesday, May 10, at noon. Here is the information on that: Readings for the Memoir Quiz
  • The overview of the Memoir Assignment is here: ENG 1141 Memoir Assignment. The topics to choose from with prompts are listed here: Memoir Review: Topics (with Prompts)
  • Our first workshop for the Memoir Assignment is this coming Tuesday, May 10, in class. Please print out a draft of your assignment for your peers.  The second in-class workshop is on Thursday, May 12.

As always, you can talk to me. Feel free to email me with questions about assignments or other course issues: I also have my ZOOM office hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-5 pm:

Write on,
Prof. Sears


Session 23: Discussion Board and Fiction Assignments (extra day)


Thanks for writing and thinking about memoir in yesterday’s class. The Discussion Board is now open. Before our next class on Tuesday, May 3, please contribute two paragraphs of in-class writing from our session on Writing About Money OR Writing  about Your Life in Chapters.

Remember, there will be a reading quiz on Blackboard on Monday, May 9. The items on the reading quiz are on this earlier post: Readings for the Memoir Quiz

Finally, the Fiction Assignment Revisions and Late Papers folder will remain open on Blackboard until the end of day today (Friday, April 29, 11:59 pm) because there was a technical glitch for students uploading second drafts. The technical glitch was fixed last evening, but I’m leaving it open in case others were affected during the day yesterday.

Next week, we write about names, “micro memoirs,” and discuss the Memoir Assignment.

Write on!

Session 22: Follow Up Information

Nice work on writing and sharing the memoir exercises today. Writing about your life can bring about many benefits and help us understand who we are for the time being.

Before this Thursday’s class, please read:

When we think about writing about money on Thursday, we will think about the many different aspects that have led us to believe what we believe about money in its many aspects, who or what experiences led us to think that way, and even how we define what “money” means for ourselves and others.

Also remember that Fiction Assignment Late Papers and Revisions are due on Blackboard by the end of the day on Thursday, April 28. For instructions on the Fiction Assignment, go here: Fiction Revision Instructions and Revision Note

As always, if you have questions, feel free to stop by my office hour today  from 4-5 pm on ZOOM:

Write on….

Session 21: Follow-Up Posts (and Readings!)

Nice work today, all, as we start our journey into memoir writing. A couple of reminders before you all leap into spring break:

  • Fiction Assignments are due on Blackboard today (April 14). For assignment details, see this post:Fiction Assignment. After they are graded, I will post instructions for the revisions.
  • Readings for the Memoir Quiz (Monday, May 9) are on this post: Readings for the Memoir Quiz  May 9 will be here before you know it! You could get a head start during spring break.

For today’s discussion of memoir, we looked at the following resources. These are not assignments, I’m adding these here in case you want to rewatch or read further:

As always, I am writing this to you live! I have ZOOM office hours if you have questions, T/Th from 4-5 pm:(

See you in class on Tuesday, April 26 and in the meantime, write on,

Prof. Sears




Session 20: Follow Up Notes–turn in your Fiction Assignment


Good work on the second workshop. The process can be challenging because it is new, but many students find these workshops helpful for learning about their stories and about fiction.

  • Before our next class: Turn in your Fiction Assignment on Blackboard! The folder is open now through the end of the day on Thursday, April 14. Find it inn the folder marked fiction assignments and will be linked from the announcements page.
  • If you need it, the Fiction Assignment (with page count, format, grading rubric, etc.) is here: Fiction Assignment
  • On Thursday, we begin our last module on memoir writing.

As always, feel free to email with questions ( or visit my office hours on ZOOM on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-5 pm (

Session 19: Follow-Up Links and Discussion Board

Great work today on Fiction Workshop 1! Two items to remember before our next class:
1. Do this quick post on our discussion board. Answer two questions:

    • What is one thing you learned about fiction writing or about your own work after completing today’s workshop?
    • What is one thing you will change before Fiction Workshop 2 on Tuesday? (You can change more than one thing, of course. But you only need to identify one here.)

The discussion board is here: Session 19: Fiction Workshop 1 Reflection

2. Print out a new version of your story for Fiction Workshop 2. We will have new groups, so you will have fresh eyes on your work and get new ideas from other peers.

If you need to review the fiction assignment, see this post with page length requirements, formatting information, and the grading rubric: Fiction Assignment. The assignment folder will open on Blackboard on Tuesday after class. The assignment is due by the end of the day on Thursday, April 14.

Questions? Email me at or visit during my office hours on ZOOM, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-5 pm:

Write on,
Prof. Sears