Unfamiliar Genre Project: journal

Feb. 13th

Today I began exploring different genres to begin the UGP; since part of our specific project is relating it to education and writing about education, I’m straying away from some of my original ideas (short story, sonnet, screenplay) and leaning more towards writing a memoir. The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced this is the right genre for me. I’m used to creative writing and stretching my limits there, but nonfiction makes me very uncomfortable, specifically writing about my own life. Autobiography is definitely something I’ve never attempted, and it would fit well into this project.


Feb. 15th

Today began the exploration of my genre; I found two amazing articles, 30 Great Short Memoirs and 17 Memoirs by Women, and from their found an incredible memoir called Scars by David Owen. Reading this story really pushed me into making the decision: Memoir is definitely the genre I’ll be writing for this UGP in CO301D. I’m a little nervous, but mostly excited to get started with the project overall!


Feb. 18th

Now that I’ve chosen my genre, I’ve gotten a little more stressed about the project itself; there are a lot of moving pieces and I can’t see any of them fitting together yet. I do know that I learn best by doing, so today I’m going to work on quick writing some drafts of ideas or stories that might be relevant to education/writing about education. Since memoir is pretty reliant on memory, I figured I would go through and write some quick descriptions of some memories I have involving my experience with the education system. Hopefully some ideas will flow from there!


3 thoughts on “Unfamiliar Genre Project: journal

  1. Kaitlyn,
    Did I tell you that Mike Rose wrote a book that’s basically an educational memoir? At least most of it is. He does do some of the same weaving in with policy and commentary like he does in _Why School?_. Anyway, you might want to see if you can find a copy in the library, and if not, I can dig mine up. Another super-helpful book is the one that’s required for the “Teacher as Ally” badge, called _This Is Not a Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education_ by Jose Vilson. It’s an educational memoir, too, and he makes a case early on in the book about how important it is to hear teachers’ and students’ stories if we are to get a glimpse into the plight and possibility of schooling in the U.S.


  2. I like how you are including journal entries as a lens for seeing into your writing process for the UGP. It definitely will be helpful to see where you have come from and where you arrive at!


  3. I love the idea of writing a memoir! I’ve heard some stories from you about why you’re so passionate about teaching, and I’m excited to see those stories synthesized into something like a memoir. You definitely have a lot to say, and I’m excited to read it!


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