Another big element of the semester was writing with other people and things as well as considering our entire process of writing. We neither:
- write by ourselves (Writing Groups! Our whole history with people who have influenced how we think about a subject! The environment we write in! What is a “self” anyway!?)
- write all at once, just sort of sitting down and writing coherent sentence after coherent sentence until we are all finished.
A lot of the recommendations about working with others and thinking more about your process as a writer may not ultimately work for you. However, I hope, you have started to seriously consider what does work best for you and tailor your writing practices accordingly. (and, as you write in the years ahead, you revise your writing processes and practices as needed).
Here are some of the relevant course and unit goals:
- Compose as a process: Experience writing as a creative way of thinking and generating knowledge and as a process involving multiple drafts, review of your work by members of your discourse community (e.g., instructor and peers), revision and editing, reinforced by reflecting on your writing process in metacognitive ways.
- Understand language as social and as part of who you are
- Understand the role of reading in writing (e.g., procedures of annotating, reading to revise)
- Set goals and a process for checking in on your progress on an ongoing basis. Re-evaluate goals, periodically.
- Develop a writing practice (e.g., creating the best environment for productive writing sessions as possible, managing distractions, time management)
- Develop your writing process (e.g., planning, outlining, drafting, reflecting, revising, editing)
- Receive feedback, apply it, and give constructive feedback (e.g., in peer response, workshopping writing, interpreting comments, integrating feedback in a global sense rather than only locally, managing the embodied nature of having an audience for your writing)
- Closely read your writing to learn about it (e.g., annotate your own writing, connect annotations to previous learning goals)
- Use quantification to learn about your writing at a distance (e.g., complete a quantitative of analysis of certain aspects of your three major writing projects to detect things a close reading might not)
- Write about your writing to learn about it—use what you learned in past units (about identity, process, analysis, rhetoric, and research) on your own writing to consider progress toward your own goals and course goals, as well as to develop new goals.
Unit 1 set the stage for thinking about these sorts of things, but we have thought about process writing through various repeating elements throughout the term (e.g., revision plans, reflective activities, writing groups).
Beyond seeing writing as social and as full processes/practices, I really (really!) hope you started to think about writing in surprising ways that might be not so neatly captured in the course and unit goals. Writing is a really complicated phenomenon, one that you absolutely won’t (and cannot expect to) master in one semester at the beginning of college. You will keep working on it, you will learn about it in other classes, and so on.
However, you cannot rely on teachers to always explicitly teach you about writing. So, in that spirit to start getting into the habit of being a learner who can learn without explicit direction, what have you noticed about your writing since you started writing early in the semester (for this class and for other classes?
In a comment below, spend about 100-300 words writing about what you have learned in regard to the following:
- social aspects of writing (e.g., working with a writing group, getting feedback, etc.). See course and unit goals above for more.
- writing as a process and practice (e.g., setting a schedule, managing an environment to write in, coming up with a revision plan, etc.). See course and unit goals above for more.
- something surprising or not explicitly outlined in the course and unit goals.
Remember: nothing has to be “perfect” here…you can write about things that improved but you still would like to keep improving! That is honestly how most of this stuff is: frustratingly always-in-progress. But, life is kind of always in process and sort of never finished, so, yeah.
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