Worksheet For Self Study

Write down your theme/thesis. See the wiki for themes from your colleagues. Remember that you won’t be able to say everything interesting about yourself as a writer; instead, the theme will drive what is included and not included in the paper.

Which three (or more) of the following 6 writers will you refer to: Sommers (first essay), Rose, Perl, Sommers (second essay), Faigley, Lu? These writers don’t need to support your theme. In the space below, talk about how you are going to use three of the 6 writers.



Which other critics will you refer to: Murray, Stafford, Lamott, Ueland? Below, note the important ideas these writers bring to your theme.

Where specifically in your portfolio will you go to support your theme? List 3-4 specific places in essays or creative journals pieces. You may also want to look at places you struggled to revise.





What experiences as peer reviewer (or having your work peer reviewed) can support the theme?

In what ways does this theme extend to the writing you do in your other classes?

Let’s write the intro!
Good ways to introduce your essay and get audience’s attention:
• An experience/ narrative—the general story of your process, the story of a horrible (or great) experience with writing, the story of a specific essay’s process/creation - remember to show not tell, to give us as many details, images, descriptions as possible to let us share the experience with you
• A description—put us into the scene of a typical (or specific) essay’s formation, using as much imagery as possible
• Humor—think of something funny to say about writing—think Lamott
• A response to a particular theory/essay/writer—possibly a quote from one of them—possibly one you really related to or really disagreed with

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