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Subject: Memoir writing student with unusual reading style. .
Date Posted: 2/4/2008 7:37 PM ET
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My workshop is going really well. Last week each of us brought a couple of items to pick one for a describe (but not tell) assignment in class. Before we started I mentioned how Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier, like Cold Mountain, was almost entirely beautifully written description with little dialogue.

The last student to read her description hesitated. She said, I did my assignment differently. Oh? Yeah,she says. I don't like description ... I skip over it when I'm reading.

It was fun to have someone think totally outside of the box. She wrote how her item was important to her -- still description -- just not physical description.

I'm into the last fourth of Thirteen Moons and thinking how much she'd probably not enjoy this book . Now I'm getting a little bored not having much dialogue. I think she's forever changed how I read a book ... lol!