This The Writer’s Statement In advanced English Composition Courses, students
1 This The Writer’s Statement In advanced English Composition Courses, students work through the steps of the writing process (drafting, revising, reflection, etc.). They write different kinds of essays and write in different forms (in-class exercises, generative writing, reflection letters, etc.). At the end of the semester, they are asked to look back at their work and think about how they see themselves as writers, how they conceptualize writing, and what they will take from the course to use in their future writing. They write a final essay that answers these questions by reflecting back on their experiences throughout the semester. Since you are applying to waive this requirement, we would like you to complete a similar assignment, reflecting on what you have learned from your previous writing experiences. The assignment will consist of two parts, an essay and a reflection. Part I: Essay In the first part of the assignment, you will write a 1,000-1,500 word essay that will cite one source and address all three of the following questions: • • Who are you as a writer? That is, what experiences and factors (occurring inside or outside of schooling contexts) have shaped how you approach writing today? What writing experiences have been particularly formative or challenging, and what impact have they had on your writing process or your sense of identity as a writer?
• • How do you see the practice of writing? Based on the experiences that have shaped you as a writer, how do you think about the purpose or act of writing? Is it the direct transcription of thought, a collaborative process, a form of artistic expression, or something else? How might you define writing, or what sorts of metaphors might you use to describe it?
• • How do you plan to support your continued growth as a writer? What role do you think writing will play in your academic or professional future? What forms of writing do you think will be important to you? What resources, strategies, and experiences will you draw on to support you? Your essay will explore these questions based on the writing you have done in the past. To support your claims, you can look back over some of the work you have done throughout your life. You can consider writing you have done for school, for work, or in other contexts. You can also think about the processes, choices, successes, and struggles you have experienced while composing these pieces. Think about factors like audience, purpose, and mode of writing and how have you considered them as you have written in different situations. Think about choices you have made as you developed key pieces of writing in your life. Drawing on this information, you will develop an essay that focuses on the three central questions above to tell the story of your journey as a writer. You do not have to devote equal amounts of the essay to each question, but you should address each one in some way. To support and develop claims about your writing identity or writing practices, you may also choose to incorporate excerpts from your previous writing, including informal and unpublished pieces that have been significant to you.
The genre of the essay is up to you: what form will best allow you to communicate your experience as a writer? You might write a personal narrative, an analysis of a piece of your own writing, or a letter to your past or future self. Whatever you decide, your essay should incorporate at least one published piece of writing to support and expand upon your ideas. You are welcome to bring in your own source, but see below for a list of other suggested readings. (We are asking you to engage with another writer’s work to see how you use sources in your writing because in advanced English Composition Courses involves writing about different kinds of readings.) How you use the other piece of writing is up to you: you might summarize another writer’s experiences to illuminate something about your own; you might quote or paraphrase of a definition of writing that speaks to you or that you disagree with; you might find another way to use sources. You should use in-text citations and works cited, following a consistent system; MLA is the system used in advanced English Composition Courses. You should also follow the document formatting guidelines of the system you choose, and you can adapt features of the format to this context as it seems appropriate. For example, you might write “Writing Placement Essay” for the course in the heading and leave the instructor name blank if you use MLA document formatting. Part II: Reflection In the second part of the assignment, you will write an explanation of the choices you made in creating your essay. The Advanced English Composition Course gives students a structured space to think through decisions as writers. Since you are applying to waive this course, we are interested in your ability to make choices as a writer and to analyze their effectiveness. Often in advanced English Composition Courses, students will ask permission from their teachers to make certain choices: Is it okay to use I in an essay? Is it okay to incorporate images? Is it okay to include dialogue in another language? For this assignment, we’d like you to make choices yourself and then explain why you chose to do what you did: discuss your process and the decisions you made in writing the essay. This piece should also acknowledge how other people may have helped you as you composed your essay. Your reflection should be at least 250 words long but may be longer, and it can explain choices you
are making within the reflection itself if need be, though this is not required.
1 The Author’s Statement Students in advanced English composition courses work through the steps of the writing process (drafting, revising, reflection, etc.). They write various types of essays in various formats (in-class exercises, generative writing, reflection letters, etc.). They are asked to reflect on their work at the end of the semester and consider how they see themselves as writers, how they conceptualize writing, and what they will take from the course to use in their future writing. They compose a final essay in which they respond to these questions by reflecting on their experiences throughout the semester. Because you are requesting a waiver of this requirement, we would like you to complete a similar assignment in which you reflect on what you have learned.