Department of English
Master of Arts
What is it that makes writing so enjoyable to some people, and such a troublesome task to others? What, if anything, can teachers of composition do to promote an enthusiasm for writing? As I have found examination of my past experiences a key to answering these questions, I am persuaded that the key to enthusiastic writing lies in the opportunities students have to explore themselves as individuals within their writing. As Socrates in Plato's Phaedrus states above, we write well when we know the truth about that which we are writing. Providing students the occasion to write about themselves will not only increase their writing abilities but will also allow students the chance to look deep within themselves to discover truths that may further their writing, truths that may otherwise remain hidden.
Education | English Language and Literature
McAllister, Heather, "Self-Discovery Journals in the College Composition Classroom" (2006). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 296.