Two Department of Philosophy graduate students participating in the Writing Intensive Program's teaching assistantship program have published pieces on the program's blog reflecting upon their approaches to teaching writing.
Amin Amouhadi's piece, "Becoming a Better Writer" discusses the importance of approaching writing as a practiced skill that carries over into everyday conversation. "Writing, either for oneself or for others, always shapes its form and content in conversations," writes Amouhadi. "After every fruitful dialogue, there is a sense of enrichment on all sides. And after every piece of writing, there should be the same sense of enhancement and satisfaction. The more satisfaction you feel, the better writer you are."
Samuel Bennett's piece, "Wonder" surmises that good writing is grounded in paradox, addressing opposing elements to leave the reader with a sense of intrigue. "The point is not that good writing leaves everything unresolved," writes Bennett. "Instead, the point is that powerful writing bespeaks a mind that has gone back and forth, endured the power of opposing vantage points. If it found a way to resolving the deadlock, so much the better for the advancement of knowledge."