“Where We’re From”: A poem by many authors

We wrote a poem. And we created an image to go with it (below). We are from this year of writing; we are what you see. In essence then, we created text to say where we are from and images to show who we are. Is that a fair assessment of our work together?

I love it no matter what we call it.

The below image a compilation of photographs, art, and graphics we each chose to share for this project–to accompany the poem. We’ve named this our “Influence Map” because we’ve really been all about the journey this year–the textual, the virtual, the digital, the visual, the actual journey. And we’ve learned that maps come in many different forms and lead to many different journeys. Rhetoricians create maps when creating texts… to lead readers on textual journeys. Artists create journeys for viewers to take. Performers take the audience on a journey with them. And we made maps of many different kinds this year. Thank you to all the Cartographers, in Honors Comp classes at OCU and AUM, for this beautiful work.

Our “Influence Map”!

Please see our poem and map together at Writing Together in Honors. With many thanks to Adorable Angst who put the finishing touches on this collaborative work.

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My new visual rhetoric self: Just what I needed, a happy blog face

I’m happy with this look–it’s a bit of all the AUM blogs, and it’s my yellow sunshiny self and brighter and more peaceful. I was getting dragged down by William Morris, even though I love him to distraction. He, poor guy, was killing me. He knew it was time to go. And I’m not the first woman to break his heart.

William Morris (1834-1896)

So now I’ve embraced the purpose here and created a blog that IS my class experience as a teacher–a bit of all of us. I’m feeling all full of myself and sassy now. Hope you like it and find it easy to get around in.

I put my four most recent posts in a row at the top to make recent writing the most accessible. I also tinkered around with some other features (widgets), and fixed the blog rolls so there are three: one for OCU, one for AUM, and one for my dearly beloved, Writing Spaces.

So while I’ll miss William Morris and his art, I’m also happier about what this look means to me. I was feeling really constrained and fenced in by the designs that seemed so heavy and hard to deal with eventually. This is a lighter space and I needed that. I was inspired by Mountains of Discovery at OCU for the creative use of the theme–it gave me ideas for what might be possible for my own blog.

And with the sunshiny background, I have a feeling I will be a lighter, happier blogger, more willing to come to this space and write and think and take risks. I have my writing network displayed as my header and a supportive background, and I’ll add in an image or two in the sidebar to support the hero’s journey aspect to the year-long writing adventure.

Now I’m really getting somewhere with this. That feels pretty good!

This is me teaching this class

I just sent this photo to a friend of mine who created a home theater and said the sound reverberated through both floors when he watched movies, but I think I’m taking it for this blog post because this is how I feel when I drop into your blogs and see the thinking, writing, learning you’re doing. I can’t wait until our next class. Who can say that about their jobs? That they can’t wait to get back to it? I can say that.

"Blown Away Man" (photo for ad from way back...)

I can’t wait to talk about Lawrence Lessig and start talking about how you can license your own writing on your blogs. Wheeee. Who knew composition class would be such fun?

Best regards to you, Blown Away Writing Professor

Does rhetoric need defending?

Rhetoric might need defending given that it has a pretty bad rep (and has for a long time). The answer then to the question above is: yes. Rhetoric does need defending. Or at least we need to talk about it and reveal its hidden ideas, secrets, and mysteries.

Today, we watched In Defense of Rhetoric–which I noted in previous post from earlier today, but I wanted to link here to a post I wrote in another blog (about teaching emerging writers) in which I mention this film and how it connected to me as a teacher of teachers of writing.

It’s an intriguing film that reminds me that perception is everything… maybe.

On cussing and rhetoric

This week on Wed. 14 Sept. 2011, we watched: In Defense of Rhetoric, and talked about cussing. Let’s continue on with the Exploration Blogs as assigned, but also let’s each blog once: 1 entry on cussing; 1 entry on the film.

Let’s talk about cussing more on Monday… and then we can talk about details of the film: our perceptions, how we think about how we communicate, what it means to understand our world, what we now think “rhetoric” means, and how we can use language to change our perceptions of the world–how does that work exactly.

In the meantime, if you catch me cussing, pardon my French. I’ll have more on this French thing in a later post.