The Value of Public Writing

Right now, you may be asking yourself why I am asking you to share your writing so publicly. What can you possibly gain from sharing your thoughts, your questions, and perhaps even your errors. Why should you share all of these things with your classmates, your teachers, and possibly an even greater audience?

I want to tell you that it is precisely because of having an audience that you should blog. You should become comfortable sharing your thoughts, ideas, questions, interpretations, and analysis with an authentic audience. You should engage in meaningful conversations about what you are learning with your peers. You should read what your peers have to say and perhaps not only learn about a new point of view, but also realize where you stand by agreeing or disagreeing with your peer.

I hope that through such conversations you will become more interested in and motivated about the class material. I believe that it will boost your confidence. Those of you who hesitate before jumping into the class discussion (or sometimes never jump in at all) may discover that you enjoy having time to carefully construct your response and sharing it with everyone. Through this process, I hope you will gain pride in your writing and critical thinking skills.

Finally, I hope that some of the blog topics inspire you to be creative and write creatively. We often focus on how to write academic essays in class. We don’t have nearly enough opportunities to see what happens when you shift styles or mediums. I hope that you can explore these options and find the value in public writing.

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About Ms. Fatema
Faculty at the Asian University for Women Access Academy.

One Response to The Value of Public Writing

  1. shinyday14 says:

    The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
    The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
    into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.
    – Mark Twain

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