On the Importance of Writing by Ut4uFcs


									    On the Importance of

I write to find out what I’m thinking. I
  write to find out who I am. I write to
  understand things.
                Julia Alvarez
              author of Like Water For Chocolate
Two Writing Paradigms:
 Writers are born, not made.          Writers learn to write
 Writers write perfectly the first
                                      through reading and writing
 The first draft is what the reader   practice.
 sees in print.                       Writers invent and revise at
                                      every stage of the process.
                                      The text we see in print has
                                      been revised many times by
                                      the writer, by content
                                      editors, and by copyeditors.
   Writing influences thought.

For this class you will write 4 essays:
• Remembered Event,
• Explaining a Concept,
• Arguing a Position, and
• Justifying an Evaluation
Remembered Event

      Writing the remembered event essay fosters detailed
      observation and stimulates reflection on personal ways
      of making meaning and finding values.
      Give examples: Eye witness accounts--for the courts or for the
      news. Reports—from the lab or the field.
Explaining a Concept

       Writing to explain a concept will help you to read critically, to
       understand how concepts develop, and to participate in making

       Brainstorm concepts—from parenting and relationships to sports
       and career. What are the concepts in each academic field?
Arguing a Position

       Writing an argumentative essay encourages logical
       reasoning, helps to clarify personal values, and gives
       you the courage to voice your own position.
       Examples are endless. Parent/ child. Teacher/student.
Justifying an Evaluation

       Writing to justify an evaluation helps you to understand the reasons
       why you value what you value and helps you to share those values
       with others.

       Why is this important? Give examples—movie reviews, book clubs,
       travel guides.
 Writing Contributes to Learning.

   Helps you organize ideas logically.
   Helps you to present ideas in your field.
   Helps to clarify and extend your own ideas.
   Promotes precise, detailed observation.

List examples of how writing works to help make knowledge in various fields.
What other ways does writing contribute to learning?
 Writing Fosters Personal Development.

   Leads to deep reflection.
   Fosters self-examination.
   Helps you to analyze your values and values of
   Increases your personal confidence to assert
   new ideas.

List examples of how writing fosters development.
 Writing Connects you to Others.

   Offer your own point of view.
   Influence others as others influence you.
   Work collaboratively.
   Internet, email, blogs, myspace.

What other ways might writing connect you to others?
 Writing Promotes Success in College and at

  Helps you to demonstrate what you know.
  Promotes understanding of different purposes
  and different audiences.
  Develops your own clear explanations, logical
  arguments, convincing evaluations, and effective

Give examples of how writing promotes success.
Writers Learn through Reading and
         Writing Practice.
Learn different genres (types) of writing and understand
reader expectations.
Use genres as models for writing.
Combine reading and writing as a way to greater
understanding of a subject.
Think things out: “How do I know what I think until I see
what I say?” E. M. Forster.
Understand that writing is cumulative and essays can
be divided into smaller, more manageable portions.
            On Craftsmanship

Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade,
 just as painting does, or music. If you are born
 knowing them, fine. If not , learn them. Then
 rearrange the rules to suit yourself.

                               Truman Capote
                               author of In Cold Blood
                   On Revision

. . . The process of writing is a process of inner expansion
    and reduction. It’s like an accordion: you open it and
    then you bring it back, hoping that additional sound—a
    new clarity—may come out. It’s all for clarity.

                                     Jerzy Kosinski
                             author of The Painted Bird
 On Learning From Other Writers
I went back to the good nature books that I had read. And I
   analyzed them. I wrote outlines of whole books—
   outlines of chapters—so that I could see their structure.
   And I copied down their transitional sentences or their
   main sentences or their closing sentences or their lead

                                    Annie Dillard
                            author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

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