Why I write..

Well I could state the obvious here and say I write because I’m told to, because I need to in order to pass my classes and show comprehension. I could also say I write as means of communication, I write in emails and text messages all day long. Really though I write as a form of expression, a form of release. Every form of writing we do is an expression, of a thought, a feeling or an idea.

I have always loved writing, as a kid I would collect dozens of notebooks and pads to scribble in or to write stories. I liked free writing because it was just that, free, nobody could tell me where it needed to be and I loved it. When I was 7 I had my Haiku about snow published in a book. As a teenager I started expressing myself more through poetry and have been ever since. I don’t write often but when I do its significant and relevant to that timeframe in my life.

There has never been a point in my life I remember disliking writing, i’ve always been the kid who excelled in english class and who’s writing skills were praised. Now though i’m writing to expand my skills, my knowledge and my potential to be hired which is why this major is so rewarding to me.

I guess the point is I write because it is apart of me, it’s who I am.

Below i’d like to share a recent poem I wrote for my daughter Ava when she graduated kindergarten this past June.

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Class Notes 9/24

Reminder each of us will meet with Professor Jill at the times we discussed last week, we have class tomorrow at 2:00 or 2:15pm 🙂

Please review the composing guidelines because blog posts are too general and need to show that you understand the readings. Also, be sure to finish posting class comments, respond to the class discussions, re-read Chapter 3 if you have not yet done so, and come to class with extensive notes on all the readings.

For the first 25-30 minutes of class we will have a lengthy discussion on “Wikipedia’s Politics of Exclusion: Gender, Epistemology, and Feminist Rhetorical (In)acton,” so please read and come prepared.


When writing your blog it is important to keep in mind these key points for a good blog.

1. Main idea

2. Your blog should ask a question that aims to start a conversation (get feedback)

3. Stay on track

4. An opinion or interpretation/ analysis–spark provocation

5. Include multimedia (graphics, videos etc.)

6. Unique/thoughtful

7. Relatable

8. Personal narrative



Patriarchal-the male head of family, tribe, community, church, order, etc.

Exclusion-to shut or keep out; prevent the entrance of

Privilege-a right, immunity, or benefit enjoyed only by person beyond the advantages of most.

Epistemology-a branch of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods, and limits of human knowledge.

Methodologies-a set or system of methods, principles, and rules for regulating a given discipline, as in the arts or sciences.

Subversive- tending or intending to subvert or overthrow, destroy, or undermine an established or existing system, especially legally constituted government or a set of beliefs.

Discourse community- is a group of people who share a set of discourses, understood as basic values and assumptions, and ways of communicating about those goals.

Rhetoric- is the art of discourse, an art that aims to improve the capability of writers or speakers to inform, persuade, or motivate particular audiences in specific situations.

Provocation-something that incites, instigates, angers, or irritates