Academic Writing I – week 15, July 27th, 2012

Cover- the Art of Non-Fiction, Ayn Rand

Today, we

  • took dictation: some advice on writing by Ayn Rand (from her book “The Art of Non-Fiction”);
  • did our own free writing for 30 minutes;
  • asked ourselves these questions:
    • what am I writing about? (subject)
    • what do I have to say about my subject? (theme)
    • who might be interested in reading my writing? (I.e., who am I writing for?)
    • what kind of knowledge am I assuming they have?
  • reviewed our writing in the light of these questions, re-writing as necessary.


  1. Copy what you wrote about reading other students’ essays as a comment on this blog
  2. Enjoy your summer vacation.
Mountain stream, Adera Keikoku, Nagano, Japan
Mountain stream, Adera Keikoku, Nagano, Japan



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6 thoughts on “Academic Writing I – week 15, July 27th, 2012”

  1. It was interesting to read everyone’s essay.
    Especially the essays which had the same topics.
    Someone had different opinions and the others had the same ideas as mine.

  2. In most essay about “diet”, I thought what they wanted to say was nearly the same.
    We should keep doing an exercise that we can continue.
    I also thought that the use of the word “diet” was a little confusing, because I couldn’t get whether they mean “meal” or “going on an diet”. I think we should be more careful for that.

  3. It was very pleasureble to read other students’ essay, because I usually don’t have mamy chances to know the ideas of those bright student!
    Most essays are very logical, ans show they are very mature for their age.
    Sometimes reading sample essays from textbook is boring, to be honest, but it is much more fun to read essays written by young men and women I meet everyday. Inspiring!!

    I think it might be good for you to read many non-fictions. Reading literature is important to get good grades at KPU because we are in the literature department. But that alone will not mold you into a logical-thinking student. Non-fiction probably gives you much more ideas of what the real life and the world is.

    Happy holidays!!

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