Due: Monday, August 30 (250-300 words)
Pause to imagine that one year from now your professor asks you to reflect on your recent growth as a writer, as well as to establish a list of writing goals for yourself moving forward. How do you think your future response to this prompt might differ from your response to the same prompt from our first day of class? In which ways do you envision your writing priorities changing between now and then? How do you anticipate your skill set as a college writer to develop in the meantime? How will you have improved upon your weaknesses? How will you have reinforced your strengths? How will you keep the momentum going?
Your posts should be 250-300 total words, which is about one page of writing: not a lot, but also not a little. Try your best to address the series of questions outlined in my prompt: in the case of our first blog post, I want you to deliberately and creatively imagine your potential for growth as a writer over the course of this next year. Be as specific and precise as possible with respect to your writing priorities, your long-term goals, and the concrete way in which your strengths and weaknesses may have changed over time, seen from the perspective of your future self.
If you envision yourself mending your weaknesses and finding new strengths, then I want to hear about which weaknesses and which strengths, in particular, and I would like to know as much as you can tell me about how you imagine yourself making those strides on a practical level. Put simply, I want details, details, details.
For example, here are a few framing questions by which to model your thinking,
- Will you have worked with tutors at the Writing Center to develop stronger topic sentences, with an eye on incorporating a clearer sense of focus in your writing?
- Will you have met with your professors during office hours to explicitly discuss how you can organize your the broader arguments of your research writing?
- Will you have worked with new college friends to better articulate your thoughts and to work out the main ideas of prose?
More pointedly, in the future, will the process of annotating with Hypothesis have taught you anything new about how carefully you ought to read and write in college? What about Blogs@Baruch? How might the practice of writing for a broader, more public-facing audience have impacted the way you see yourself as a writer? How might the course theme of imagined futures have prompted to more actively reflect on your up-and-coming identity as a college writer?
Be imaginative! The more inventive, the better.
Feel free to edit your posts after you publish them, if indeed you find yourself ruminating about the future of your memory as time carries on…