The first writing activity, "I am a Writer," is a "brief essay (~300 words) in which you introduce yourself as a writer to your classmates and instructor. How would you describe yourself as a writer? What are some of your most memorable experiences with writing? Please draw on your experiences with writing and refer directly to some of these as you introduce yourself as a writer. After you have written and posted your essay, please read and respond to two or three of your classmates' postings." Mine (also here on the course Forum) follows:
A “letter writer” long before the internet, I penned and snailed hand written letters in another lifetime. I come from generations of inveterate letter writers. That shapes my earliest writing memories. Learning languages, I would start writing letters in the new language as soon as I had a handful of words to rub together. I still am one: same genre, different medium.
Returning to college late in life, I came to grips with academic writing, managing out of necessity, not joy. The internet, on the other hand, revived `letter` writing with a vengeance, rebuilt it better, faster, stronger. “Letter writing” (no vapid notes) always was my natural medium. The internet added media, images and links to embed.
From there I moved to blogging, which did the same and more for journal writing, not abandoning but expanding email. Unlike correspondence pr journals, I published my words. Following and commenting increased written conversations. I lose track of some of those words. No matter. There are always more where those came from.
Despite turning out words daily, being at ease expressing myself in writing and drawing on a lifetime of books and reading, I never thought of myself as that sort of `writer`. Writing is communication and conversations. Every `writer` has preferred genres: letters and now blogs are mine. I can adapt, add to my repertoire if I want, but this is where the words start.