Feedback on Stories in Progress

January 30, 2007

Thank you all for sharing your stories. I really enjoyed reading the brief excerpts that most of you posted. I look forward to reading the complete revised versions this weekend. If you haven’t posted an excerpt of your story to your personal blog, please do that as soon as possible.

If I was going to suggest ways that students might begin their stories in the future, I might show them posts by Alyssa, Jeremy, Matt, and Joe. While these posts are doing a little bit of telling, they are doing more showing than telling.

What do I mean when I say show vs. tell? See this site for examples.

I hope you’re enjoying this change of pace from the SAR writing that you’ve been doing. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Hearing others’ stories

January 30, 2007

Today in class, I passed around Notetaking Schedule so that everyone could sign up to take notes for one day. When it’s your turn, take notes of what we did in class on that day. Also, include at least one extra value-added piece of content.

So for example, my value-added piece of content is a link to the site Anecdote. (I also posted it to the class’s site.) The Anecdote site is for a group of consultants who use storytelling as a way to help companies. I thought you might enjoy surfing over to their site and checking it out because of how it aligns with what we read for today.

Also in class, students exchanged stories and provided feedback to each other. Then, we took things to an electronic format:

Students got their own blogs at and signed up to join the course blog. Finally, students commented on other students’ blogs.

Let me know if you have questions about anything we did today. I hope you had fun and enjoyed hearing everyone’s stories!

Sorry, I don’t have my story with me today.

January 30, 2007


It’s Maggie Beltz. I did not have my assignment with me today, but if I did it would have talked a little bit about me and what type of personality I have. Sorry I didn’t have it with me today.


January 30, 2007

Welcome to the course blog for professional writing!

Please let me know if you have any questions.