Class, Wed, 4/12

Fenton and Lee, Voice and Tone


  • Fastwrite: Do the “This But Not That” exercise that Fenton and Lee outline on pp. 66-67, in regard for how you’d like your voice to be heard in your posts for this course (and perhaps more generally online). Try to come up with at least five pairings.
  • Groups: Compare your lists. As a group, create a set of attribute cards for online writing. (See Fenton and Lee, p. 68.) See if you can come up with at least 10 cards.


List four or five terms that describe you as a reader of the posts on this website. (You can describe either the attitude you bring toward reading the posts, or the affect they typically have upon you.) Write each one on an index card. I’ll collate these terms, and we’ll see if we can use them on Friday to outline the parameters of an authorial tone that seems appropriate for this sort of writing.

Writing: Writing as Social Action

To Do

  1. Thurs, 4/13, 10:00 am: Post your response to Ronson (and boyd and Carr) to this site. Read and comment on the posts by the other members of your group.
  2. Fri, 4/14, class: Discuss your group’s posts. Pick one to present to the class on Monday. I’ll bring in the list of terms describing authorial tone in online writing, and we will discuss those as well.

Author: Joe Harris

I teach composition, creative nonfiction, and digital writing at the University of Delaware.

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