Essay Two (e2d3): Finishing Work
Stage One: Copy-Editing
Exchange drafts with the person next to you. Read your partner’s draft closely, pen in hand, ready to make corrections, offer suggestions, or otherwise point to work that needs to be done. In particular, I’d like you to look closely at:
- First Page: Name, Date, Assignment (e2d3), Title (e2d3)
- Following Pages: Running Head with short title and page numbers
- Paragraphs: These should be indented or separated by an extra space
- Quotations: All direct quotes must be clearly identified. Quotes running more than a sentence should be blocked (BLQ).
- In-Text Citations
- Underline the titles of works as you encounter them in the text. Check to see if they also appear in the list of references. If they do, put a check by the title in both the main text and references. If they don’t, circle the name or title and write “Ref?” in the margin.
- Titles: Italics for long works; “Quotes” for short ones.
- Page citations: Every quote should be followed by a page number (or time marker). If you don’t see one, circle the end of the quote and write “Page #?” in the margin
- Author, date, title, publisher/place.
- Links should be live.
Please also correct any typos, misspellings, missing words, or other errors you may come across. If you’re not sure how to fix a certain mistake, circle it and write “?” in the margin.
Sign your name when you are done. This will remind the writer to thank you in their acknowledgments.
Stage Two: Back Matter
- References: Check to see these are complete and correct. Make any needed changes.
- Author’s Note: Write.
- Acknowledgments: Write.
- Thurs, 5/12, class: Bring a print copy of your final essay and your laptop. We will work in class on digitizing your pieces.
- Tues, 5/17, class: Bring your laptop. We will present your digitized essays (r10) in class.
The final version of your second essay for this course (e2d3) is due on Wednesday, 5/11, at 11:00 am. Please post this piece to your individual folder on Google Drive.
You have worked on this piece for several weeks, so my expectations for your writing are high. I will look for an essay that adds to the critical conversation about a text that you have read closely, that is written in a clear and personal style, and that has been carefully crafted, edited, and proofread.
Please also make sure your essay includes the following back matter:
- Acknowledgments: Write a few sentences in which you thank the people who have helped you write this piece. These might include your TA, the members of your workshop group, Writing Center tutors, roommates, friends, family members, and any other persons who have read your writing or talked about your ideas with you. This is a time to be generous.
- Author’s Note: Write a brief account of how you developed this essay. How did the piece change and grow as you worked on it? What parts do you now feel most proud of?
- References: You must include a list of references to the works you discuss in your essay. You may use any standard documentation style (e.g., APA, Chicago, MLA) that you feel comfortable with. But make sure you include the four key elements (author, date, title, location or publisher) of a citation that we have discussed in class.
Mark off each of these sections with a subheading .
Finally, be professional: Proofread. Carefully. Make sure your references are complete and your links work. This is the time to fuss the details. You want the final form of your text to clearly show the hard work you have put into it.
I’m eager to read your essay! I will use the same form as before in grading your work. Good luck!
The final draft of your first full essay for this course is due this Friday, 3/25, at 11:00 am. Please post this piece to your Google Drive folder. I will send you the grade for this essay during Spring Break.
As you know, your task in this assignment is to write an “essay in the mode of Virginia Woolf”. (See Essay One.) We’ve talked a lot over the past several weeks about what it might mean to write “with” Woolf, and I’ve been pleased and excited to see the many different ways all of you have tried to do so. Allow me, then, to simply specify some of the technical requirements of your final essay:
- Your essay should be at least 1,500 words long. It may be longer. If you have more to say, don’t worry about length.
- Make sure your essay contains the necessary paratext: Name, date, assignment, and title on the first page; a running head with your last name, short title, and page numbers on the subsequent pages.
- Please include an Acknowledgments section in which you thank the people who have helped you conceive, draft, and revise your essay.
- Please include an Author’s Note in which you discuss how you have adopted and adapted Woolf in your writing.
- Be professional. Copy-edit and proofread your prose. Carefully. Document your sources. Include a list of references or works cited if you quote or refer to other works.
Good luck! I look forward to reading the final version of your essay!
- Fastwrite: Consider these two pieces as examples of a genre. What do both writers do? In what ways are their pieces similarly structured?
Lower Case in Titles: Don’t capitalize articles or conjunctions of three letters or less. (There are only 16 of these in the language. See the list.) Capitalize everything else.
- Thurs, 3/24, class: Bring a print copy of the next-to-final version of your first essay to class. We will copy edit them. We will also discuss the assignment for your second essay—the first stage of which (p5) will due right after Spring Break.
- Fri, 3/25, 11:00 am: Post e1d3 to Google Drive.