Lifelong Enlightenment by Peyton Paulson

Peyton Paulson’s narrative is one that is fantastic at working in different ways. It could very easily have been placed in “Working on Identity” because of the focus on self-enlightenment and self-motivation. It’s a personal story. However, we chose to put this narrative in “Working for Community” because the experiences Paulson describe go beyond just … Continue reading Lifelong Enlightenment by Peyton Paulson


A Piece of Writing: About My Own Writing by Morgan Maxwell

Morgan Maxwell, in this essay, questions her own beliefs and assumptions about writing, and then applies those same questions to her discipline. She strives to not only understand her writing roles within the financial realm, but the role of writing itself. In other words, she is analyzing a discourse community, or a community that shares … Continue reading A Piece of Writing: About My Own Writing by Morgan Maxwell

Black is Beauty by Cameron Gomes

Notice how Cameron Gomes’ “Black is Beauty” offers a comment not only about the strict subject of the piece, the color black, but also perhaps, society’s often negative views of race and, in particular, black bodies. As you read, consider both how the story functions both literally and metaphorically. Ask yourself: why might a writer attempt to take on an issue as difficult as racial prejudice through the story about an anthropomorphic color? Is there a story you want to share or a statement you want to make that might be most effectively told using metaphor?

How I Learned to Adult by Hayli Pillar

In “How I Learned to Adult,” Hayli Pillar takes her readers through the trials and tribulations of a young adult on her own for the first time in her life. As you read, pay close attention to how Hayli often employs humor in order to effectively comment on the unexpected difficulties she faces when performing “everyday” tasks, such as laundering her clothes and shopping for groceries. What role do these humorous portions play in the narrative? In other words, how does the humorous tone of the narrative affect you in ways that a more sober or seriousness tone might not? Last, consider how you might employ humor in your own writing and why.

Denial of Yet Another Queer Identity by Meme Dorsey

In “Denial of Yet Another Queer Identity,” Meme Dorsey writes a letter addressed to her “family” in which she discusses and highlights the emotional struggles she endured as she claimed her identity as a queer woman. Consider her uses of the epistolary (letter-writing) form,  photographs, and the refrain True acceptance and love cannot be conditional. You might ask yourself how each of these characteristics of Dorsey’s essay affected how you read or connected with its narrative. What innovative forms or non-textual elements (such as photographs) might you considering using in a personal narrative in order to speak about an issue important to you?