Creativity Assignment #1: Behind the “Eureka” Moment: An Analytical Narrative

Describe in vivid detail a moment in your life when you created something, and analyze your own creative process behind your innovation, addressing whether or not you experienced a “Eureka” moment. Like Tharp (“I Walk into a White Room”) and Didion (“Why I Write”), use your descriptive narrative as a springboard to launch an analysis of your own creative process at work, paying special attention to moments of inspiration, organization, obstacles, and resolutions.

Audience: The class, fellow creators interested in using your narrative as a model to write an analysis of their own creative process

Format: 3-4 double-spaced pages; MLA style


Type: Analyze a piece of primary evidence to support an arguable thesis

Rationale: This assignment engages students in a process of carefully summarizing and evaluating sources in order to move toward making a claim about a primary experience (their own creative processes). In writing the analytical narrative, students are encouraged to pay particular attention to the use of evidence, audience considerations, structure, and revision.

Pre-Draft Activities:

(1.1) Response: Summarize Lehrer, “The Eureka Hunt”

(1.2) In-class: First-person response to Didion (“Why I Write”)

(1.3) Response: Summary and analysis of Tchaikovsky (including issues of voice, tone, audience)

(1.4) In-class: isolating claims in Barton Fink

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