I think what excites me most about my writing at this point in my life is my ability to no longer see my writing as just 3-7 sentence paragraphs and black and white pages. The mediums through which I can convey a message are more unique and tailored than ever before. I guess this falls under a similar category as employing new media in my writing, something I wish to explore as much as possible throughout the semester. Whether it’s by making a website, Tumblr page, videos, or BuzzFeed top ten lists, I always try to brainstorm all options before deciding what medium could best highlight a specific piece of my writing.
On this note, one of my favorite assignments during the Gateway Course was my re-purposing project. I took a traditional, argumentative essay on unpaid internships from my English 225 class – about 8 pages in length – and transformed it into a 500-word opinion-editorial piece intended for the Michigan Daily. Although challenging, I love how I was forced to re-examine the points of my past work, and determine the key components necessary to relay my argument to a wider, undergraduate audience.
I think it’s very important to embrace all of the different forms of writing that are now available to pretty much anyone with access to a computer and a desire to learn. So why not try and take a past essay you’ve written and turn it into a twitter news feed? Or what about taking recorded interviews and making a Prezi out of them? These types of transformations excite me.