High School Writing Conference at MSU

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR 3RD ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL WRITING CONFERENCEMAKE YOUR STATEMENT. WRITE YOUR STORY. The 3rdannual Writing Conference for grades 9-12 will be Friday, December 7, in Glass Hall on the campus of Missouri State University. Check-in is 8:15 – 8:45; conference ends at 2:15. $50 fee includes a notebook, souvenir bag, and lunch in an on-campus cafeteria. Students will spend an hour in the opening session with mystery writer Nancy Allen as well as participate in two interactive writing workshops led by MSU professors and Ozark Writing Project teacher consultants. Complete information regarding registration, session selection, and payment can be found at https://cwccc.missouristate.edu/hswc.htm. Deadline for registration is November 21.

Every Day or so Writing

Your prompt for today is a short film named “solipsist“. https://www.nowness.com/picks/solipsist-andrew-thomas-huang

It’s weird and beautiful and disturbing and interesting.  You can react to it in writing in any way you want to.  You could create a story for it, you could discuss film techniques, you could write about how it makes you feel.  What is its point? What are the producers trying to convey?  Does this type of art have use? For who? why or why not?  

FYI: Solipsism is the philosophical idea that only one’s own mind is sure to exist. As an epistemological (relating to the theory of knowledge, especially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope and the distinction between justified belief and opinion) position, solipsism holds the knowledge of anything outside one’s own mind is unsure; the external world and other minds cannot be known and might not exist outside the mind.

Gatsby Group for Wednesday: Chapter 3

In Chapter 3 of The Great Gatsby, we finally – finally! – we get to see one of Gatsby’s totally off the hook parties! And, it more than lives up to the hype as far as Nick is concerned. Even more excitingly, we finally get to meet the man, the myth, the legend himself – Gatsby, in the flesh! So why then does this reveal, which the novel has been building toward for 2.5 chapters, seem so anticlimactic?

Can You Quantify Awe?

A few weeks ago we looked at the “Awe” experience as one of the ways of living a good life. For those of you interested in exploring Awe deeper, I ran across this article in Scientific American, Can You Quantify Awe? 

It includes a list of six facets of Awe

Vastness (“I felt in the presence of something grand”)
Need for Accommodation (“I felt challenged to mentally process what I was experiencing”)
Time (“I sensed things momentarily slow down”)
Self-diminishment (“I felt that my sense of self was diminished”)
Connectedness (“I had the sense of being connected to everything”)
Physical Sensations (“I felt my jaw drop”)

and important variables…

The greater the experience of awe, the higher the rated intensity of the experience.

The experience of awe was related to heightened feelings of wonder, curiosity, inspiration, contentedness, appreciation, love, trust, happiness, and joyfulness.

The only uncomfortable emotions that were uniquely related to the awe experience were “stressed, nervous, overwhelmed.” This is consistent with awe being a unique mix of exaltation and fear/reverence.

The largest personality trait associated with the awe experience was openness to experience. This makes sense, considering that openness to experience is also related to a number of other self-transcendent experiences, including flow, absorption, appreciation of beauty, and romantic love.

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