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Published on Nov 19, 2015
A reflection on Ruth Culham's use of the word "frisson" in her book The Writing Thief:
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This is a true writing workshop, where writers support and coach each other toward frissons of discovery--
even when they aren’t in the same room.
A sudden strong feeling of excitement or fear; a thrill.
And when I feel that frisson
I steal little bits of technique
in the hopes that I can improve my writing each time.
I am a writing thief, after all.
When you and your students find a passage...
you’ll feel the frisson:
Old Shoe Woman
You’ve found a great mentor text!
When I find something like this, I feel a rush of energy, a thrill of excitement--a frisson.
That’s a frisson--that tingly sensation you feel when something is just right.
Seek the frisson.
If we want students to understand this and embrace it,
Old Shoe Woman
we have to let them choose what they write
and help them find the frissons that will carry them through the hard parts.
iF ANY OF THE IDEAS
sparks a frisson for students,
encourage them to record it in their writer’s notebook for future reference.
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Good writing gives them a frisson of excitement
that alerts the writer in them that there is more, much more, to find out about this idea.
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FROM tHE wRITING tHIEF, BY Ruth Culham
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