Wiedmeier 1Kris WiedmeierRob EricksonEnglish 102February 3, 2016The Power of a Young WriterThis report is focused on the inner most workings of writing, rhetoric. Rhetoric is the power behind the pen, or in most cases nowadays, the power behind the keyboard. Rhetoric is the style and methods that writers use in order to capture their audiences. This report will ventureinto how rhetoric is used by writers to give the information they have researched a purpose. More specifically, I will be analyzing the research and articles written by undergraduates in their first year of college. The writers were not chosen at random, but in fact, are published writers in a collection of articles called Young Scholars in Writing. We will be focusing on the Spotlight on First-Year Writing section in the twelfth volume of Young Scholars in Writing. I chose the twelfth volume because I believe that it symbolizes the problems that today’s generation of undergraduates, like myself, have either gone through, or witnessed on a first-hand account. The articles in the twelfth volume are more up to date and I felt as though I could relate to them on a higher level than I could to the articles published in the older volumes because they feel fresh and more relevant to the rapid and chaotic evolution of American culture. That is the beauty of these articles though, they are written by young scholars who aren’t strapped to a certain political stand point like most of society is today. Young Scholars in Writing is a very informative collection of articles. The articles that make up each volume are written by undergraduates. The highest quality articles make the final edition of each volume and are published for other undergraduates like myself to analyze.
Wiedmeier 2Spotlight on First-Year Writing is a section within Young Scholars in Writing. It “spotlights” firstyear writers in college and their work. Only two or three of the countless articles submitted by first-year writers make into the published version of Young Scholars in Writing. That means that if your work makes the final cut, you have exemplified advanced experience in the ability to research a topic and develop it into a powerful piece. The first-year writers’ work must show that
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