Informal writing assignments


At several points throughout the term, I will ask you to reflect on and write about the material in the course. These reflections are intended to help you think about the readings in relation to one another and to the themes of the course as a whole, as well as to give you an opportunity to plan for upcoming assignments. The reflections are not intended to test your knowledge of the reading, and I will not be evaluating them for content or correctness.

Online writing

As we'll discuss in class, one of the most popular platforms for transformative works and fan participation is Tumblr. Early in the term, each person will set up their own Tumblr account and we will establish a Tumblr community to share posts, images, videos and other transformations of interest. You will be responsible for posting regular responses to the course reading to your Tumblr site throughout the term.


Once you have set up your Tumblr site, you will be responsible for posting content to that site at several points during the term. The form and content of your posts is largely up to you, as long as they:

  • Respond to or engage with one and only one of the day's readings
  • Are approximately 500 words long
  • Demonstrate thoughtful organization. This means multiple paragraphs and attention to standard conventions of language use for most posts, unless there is a clear reason to ignore these conventions (such reasons might include use of a creative form like poetry or stream-of-consciousness prose, or use of non-standard forms of online communication.)

That's it. You can analyze a reading, transform a reading, raise questions about a reading, or tell a story about a reading. Just make sure you're focusing on a single reading, and that you're writing at least 500 words per blog posts.

You will write 7 posts over the course of each term. Each post is worth 2 points.

You are also encouraged to reblog content, comment on other people's posts, and engage with the Tumblr community however you like.

Short transformative work

Choose a reading from the syllabus. It can be anything we've read so far. Then transform that reading however you like. You might consult the steps for getting started in the final project assignment to help you brainstorm. Remember, the form of your transformation is up to you. Use this as an opportunity to experiment with the ideas we've discuss thus far.

Peer analysis of transformative work

You will exchange transformative works with a classmate. Your classmate will analyze your transformation and you will analyze theirs. The form of your analysis will be similar to that of the comparative analysis. You should follow the same steps that you followed when writing your comparative analysis, and you will produce an essay that is similar in form to the comparative analysis, if a bit shorter.

Your peer analysis should meet all of the same requirements as the comparative analysis except that it should be approximately 500 words long. It will be evaluated on a 0-5 point scale, with each point corresponding to one category on the grading scale.

You should save your analysis as a Word file and upload it to the peer analysis folder on Sakai.

Due dates

Tuesday, 4/24 Introductory reflection
Thursday, 4/26 Blog post
Monday, 4/30 Blog post
Tuesday, 5/1 Blog post
Thursday, 5/3 Blog post
Monday, 5/7 Blog post
Tuesday, 5/8 Blog post
Wednesday, 5/9 Short transformative work
Thursday, 5/10 Peer analysis of transformative work
Monday, 5/14 Blog post
Thursday, 5/17 Final reflection


Points for informal writing assignments are allocated as follows:

Reflections 2 points
Blog posts 14 points
Short transformative work 5 points
Peer analysis of transformative work 5 points