Monday, February 4, 2013

The Multigenre Paper

In our online class, Writing and the Teaching of Writing, we're developing a Multigenre Project, an activity created by Tom Romano (click on Tom's name to hear more about the MG Project). Ours will be an autobiographical Mulitgenre. For example, in 2009, Meg Hall wrote a MG on her passion for baking bread. She put her final product on a blog that you can find here.

In Tom Romano's own class, he asked his college students to create a Multigenre paper over a book. Here's an example written on the stunning novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. More examples and ideas can be found on our Class Resource Website on Writing, scroll down 3/4 of the page and look on the left. You can also Google Multigenre to see more examples.

Some writers begin this project with a central idea (e.g., "My Children") and let the various genre surface as they write. Another approach is to make an outline and list the genre with a brief explanation. That's what I've done below as I've outlined a Multigenre about my family and our connection to ski racing. Click on the picture to enlarge!

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