Writing 4: Reflective Memoir

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EN1101 Spring 2014 Dr. DePeter Writing 4: Reflective Memoir There is something lovely about being alone with the past. Things look smaller, or larger, than you recall. Feeling and further memory rush in unexpectedly. Simple objects are vibrant with meaning. Even the most outgoing soul drifts into reflection. It’s all so personal, so much a part of where and who you once were, private, of another time, but right around the corner in recollection. (107) ~ Mike Rose, “The City in the Back of the Mind” The power of good writing is most often the surprising combination of a need to write in a particular situation, the use of a standard form, and a personalization of that form by allowing it to convey your most honest insights. ~ Susan Miller, Commentary on Vince Dawson’s Writing …writing is not so much a performance, something made for someone else to judge, as it is a way of creating meaning, a way of discovering the truth about the world. A way, in fact, of creating a world for ourselves in which we can live with a minimum of confusion. ~ Rebecca Faery, What Makes Writing Good Draft and revise a personal essay using descriptive writing techniques and reflection to gain a better understanding of something important in your life (past, or present). This could involve how you look at a childhood memory or place, coming to terms with a choice you made, exploring a secret or secret passion
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