While working for the MSU Writing Center, I had the opportunity to be part of the Content Team. I wrote two blog pieces, “Why Write an Outline? Why not!” and the “Gender Neutral They.” You can now see my piece about the gender neutral they up on the Writing Center’s website here!
As a writer and editor, I always want my pieces to be as inclusive as possible. Writing about gender neutral pronouns was a great way to help spread knowledge about our ever-changing English language, and how writers and editors alike can make their work more inclusive for all readers. Read the full piece here.
First and foremost, I am a writer. I’ve wanted to be a teller of stories for as long as I can remember, and creative writing is my biggest creative outlet. I think in stories, I construct rhetoric in stories, and I create visual stories.
As an editor, keeping true to the author’s vision is vital for me. Although I am trained in multiple editing styles, I believe the author’s story should take center stage. Because of my strong background in writing, I understand how important a story is for its creator. So, I put the story first and edit collaboratively, not antagonistically. When I work as an editor, I don’t want to just correct grammar, I want to hone the author’s meaning to the sharpest edge. Stories first. Always.
I worked on a team to develop promotional text that would accompany conference materials for the CCDP (Computers and Composition Digital Press). I really enjoyed working collaboratively on this project, and even though I wasn’t responsible for the design work, I loved watching my teammate’s designs come together based on our feedback. Collaborative work is increasingly proving to be my favorite style of project.
In addition to these pieces, I also helped write the client pitch:
We have created several design options, and four different mediums to choose from for CCDP publicization:
Stickers are a multi-use medium for promoting the CCDP not only during, but after the conference. Conference attendees could affix the stickers to laptops, water bottles, folders, conference name tags, etc., where the stickers will continue to publicize the CCDP. The stickers we created contain general information as users will likely prefer to use a sticker with information that will always be valid, and come in multiple sizes with an eye-catching design that incorporates the blue color scheme and a sleek, modern font.
Business Cards/Card Holders
Business cards can be used to advertise in the same function as a bookmark, as they are small, easily printable, and display publicizing information. The design on the business card/card holders contain the logo on the front and submission information on the back, so any potential author can quickly grab a card at the conference.
As these products will be used at conferences, the card holders can be used to keep the business cards they pick up in one place. A convenient, pocket-friendly holder that displays the CCDP logo is an ideal solution. This product not only has high-utility, but also can be reused after the conference for maximum publicity.
Conference attendees will also need to keep track of the many paper materials they receive at the conference, so we designed a folder to keep all conference materials neat and in one place while also promoting the CCDP with useful information about the press. Like the business card holders, this product can be reused after the conference to continue spreading the word about the CCDP.
Personally, I believe that all parts of the writing process should cater to the writer’s needs and should never be set in stone. As a Writing Center consultant, I spend much of my time suggested that students write an outline before they dive into their paper. This is a piece written specifically for the MSU Writing Center’s main website. The website showcases a variety of pieces, from interesting music to grammar and writing help. I wanted this piece to really “sell” the idea of outlining, since many students balk at this extremely useful tool because of preconceived notions of what an outline should be. This piece really allowed me to balance an informative essay with a blogging-style tone, and I hope I was able to convince all the readers to outline, outline, outline!