Rochelle (Shelley) Rodrigo

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CWPA: Introduction

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While attending the Carolinas Writing Program Administrators annual fall conference at the Wildacres Retreat in Little Switzerland NC, I got some writing done. Doug Hesse was the keynote; however, he lead most of the “conference” as a writing retreat. Although he repeatedly told us we could write what we wanted and/or needed, many of us still worked with his prompts. 

His first quick write prompt was for introductions; I followed the prompt of sharing my “guilty pleasure.” 

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Julia Wolf

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Julia Wolf

I like to watch shit blow up. No, I’m not a pyromaniac; I’m talking about my film genre preference. I didn’t know SBU was a film genre preference until my first grad class in my second (really it was my first awarded) MA program. I was taking a class with the newly hired film professor, a full professor from University of Arizona who was know for masculinity and pornography studies. In my first graduate film class with him, we were all required to go around the room, introduce ourselves, and briefly discuss what types of film we like to watch. I don’t remember exactly what I said, probably something along the lines of “science fiction, fantasy, and James Bond,” but I definitely remember his recoiled look of horror and the “ooooohh, you’re one of those; you like SBU films. Needless to say, having the instructor have such a negative reaction to my confession worried me a bit. Maybe I redeemed myself when he chaired my MA thesis about Alien as pornographic text.

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