Prerequisites: American Writers or AP English Language & Composition
“In the broadest possible sense, writing well means to communicate clearly and interestingly and in a way that feels alive to the reader. Where there’s some kind of relationship between the writer and the reader—even though it’s mediated by a kind of text—there’s an electricity about it.” - David Foster Wallace
Here, DFW seems to touch on the necessity of a contract drawn between writer and reader, where both act as conduits, where both feel the pulse of the other, where both effortlessly flow into the other, where both find synergy that is electric.
In this course, we’ll focus on that synergy, that electricity, that jolt of the writer-reader current. The conduit for our electricity will be the world around us—VES, Lynchburg—as we attempt to capture life unfolding. We’ll explore the ordinary moments and the extraordinary moments of our lives in the cloistered, mountainous pocket we call home—from weekend moments to athletic contests, restaurant openings to movie premieres. If the moment is ordinary, we’ll make it extraordinary; if the moment is extraordinary, we’ll make it more extraordinary.
We’ll explore how the essay can help us create the electricity DFW recognizes, by building a portfolio of work based on experiences at VES and in Lynchburg. We’ll model our approach after Truman Capote, Hunter S. Thompson, David Foster Wallace, and many more.