Papers, papers, papers. Of course you’ll write plenty of those in BC’s Core English courses, but you’ll write in less formal ways, too. That informal writing counts, in the long run, toward a grade. But your instructor may call this writing “lower stakes.” That’s ironic, however. Though less may seem at stake in informal writing, such work features mightily in a writer’s development. Freed from the burdens of an immediate weighty grade, or inspired at late hours or through fast writing to experiment a bit, or eager to communicate in an authentic voice to peers in open chat-board responses, a student’s informal writing is often…really good! Success and naturalness in the informal writing is sometimes a pipeline toward stronger academic writing. Just as practice leads to a winning game and rehearsal leads to a brilliant show, informal writing leads to…a college writer.
Click on the links here to see reflections on BC’s many “outside of class” lectures, responses to classroom texts, a letter to the editor, and a literacy narrative that showcases how a writer is made.