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I’ve been asking my students to tell me what they have learned working on assignments with me. If you find yourself sometimes uncertain about what questions to ask your faculty, or embarrassed to admit you don’t know something, these responses might give you some guidelines. Imagine yourself in a real time classroom in the presence of writing students/writers much like yourself. Even more, let yourself accept that we learn when we can admit we don’t know.
And from Janice: “OK – I think I’m finally getting what you’ve wanted me to do. I’ve been writing too much like a damn copywriter, and not a journalist :)
Thanks for the kick in the pants!”
Richard: I have learnt from you life perspectives and philosophical thoughts as much as purely writing skills. You showed me the way for exceptional writing skills, how simplicity can convey powerful images as well as technical writing skills (e.g.: how to write a direct dialogue). I am far away from being a proficient and quality writer, but I am committed to learning. But more importantly, you push me to bring writing to the higher level. I give a lot of importance to the intellectual side of activities. Writing is not only about writing. It’s about what we relate to, and about why we write it. When writing doesn’t connect to higher values, it’s shallow. Perhaps entertaining, but superficial. I want to go deeper than a first-impression experience.
Working with you and reading your posts on your website keep me learning about these matters. Either from the updates from the Feline Front or mentioning your own life experiences in MU or FB posts, you keep reminding me to take the extra step and, more importantly, why to take the extra step.
Valerie: It might sound glib, but my favorite advice was when you told me something along the lines of ‘if you want to sound poetic, go write poetry!’ It’s a succinct reminder that simply because language sounds nice doesn’t mean it’s appropriate for a specific piece or assignment.
You have challenged me, made me doubt myself, and taught me I can handle tough feedback. I submit eagerly dreading that you’ll be the editor who reviews my assignments :)
I invite you to comment on what you have learned and what you haven’t learned. Tell MatadorU what you need help with. Let us know specifically what areas of writing we need to cover.