Core 110 -- Effective Writing
College, Fall 2001
Rhetorics and Journal
In addition to the longer exercises and papers
that I am asking each of you to do in this class, I ask you to
keep a semi-regular journal. I want you to use that
journal to experiment not merely with ideas but also with
forms of writing. Be conscious as you write that what
you say is tied up with how you say it.
For each entry
you do, write
for 15 minutes without stopping. If you do stop for more
than a moment, then you are not writing the kind of entry I am
asking for. Once you get a sense of the voice you're
working with, keep writing. Let that voice carry you
away. I expect that your early entries will all be at
least a page to a page and a quarter long; I expect your later
entries will be about two pages each. I recommend that
you set a timer so that you don't have to think about anything
I am asking you to write in this journal
approximately once a week for a total of 15 entries.
(See the course calendar for details.) When you make use
of a rhetorical strategy or a journal prompt, put a check next
to it on this sheet. For the entry itself, put the name
and number of the rhetoric along with the letter of the topic
at the beginning of your entry.
You may either write by
hand or type them on a computer, but I would like for you to
have some folder or binder in which you keep them all.
Be sure to bring your complete journal to class with you every
day. While we have certain days scheduled for journal
reading, you should be prepared to read a journal excerpt at