Audriana Holloway

Scott Kneece TR@9
18 March 2016

I chose to write a short fiction piece for my younger audience and a personal letter for my
older audience. I first needed to find the readings I wanted to use and then I found ways to make
them work with my genres. I think the readings I used worked well with the flow of my genres.
The flow or transition between readings and my own writing went very smoothly, I think it is
easy to read through my genres without getting confused. The class helped me write these genres
in the sense that it helped me better identify the conventions of the genres and apply them to my
writing. My first genre was addressed to children around 10 and my second genre was an letter
from a college professor addressed to a previous graduate student that is pursuing writing a book.
I tried to translate what I learned by using the readings. I integrated in the readings by using them
as examples and advice in my genres. I think the reading that I chose worked very well with the
flow and topics of my genres. What changed in my genres was the formatting, the language used
and the overall flow of the piece. In this class I learned a lot about genre and genre conventions
and that’s what has stuck with me the most. I learned how to evaluate genres and their
conventions and decide which one conveys which points better. I think genre conventions are
very important when you’re writing, as they help set up guidelines on how a piece should be

written, who the audience is, and what type of piece it is. I think understanding and applying
genre conventions are important to write a successful piece. Not only knowing about
conventions, but also applying them is very important. One must be able to decide what genre
and its conventions work best for the piece they are writing. One must choose the most
appropriate genre for the information they are trying to present, and they must know how to use
its conventions properly. In this course we learned how to analyze genres and seek out what
makes that genre. In other words we learned how to analyze genre conventions. Genres can be
described as specific characteristics and repeating rhetorical situations in a given text. Writing
conventions are important to understand in order to have a clear understanding of the genre that
one is being presented with. Without certain clues or conventions genres would cease to exist and
would make distinguishing writings to be quite difficult. Another important part of writing is
drafting and editing which I think we adequately covered in this course as well. We also looked
at how authors used evidence in order to strengthen the purpose of their piece. We looked at how
effective different approaches are. Lastly, we learned how to develop our critical thinking skills
and apply it to our writing. All of this information is very necessary to produce quality work. All
of these things helped me to develop my genres and come to a better understanding of what my
genres were and how to develop, analyze and revise them. My first genre I used more complex
language and a lot less imagery, as it is a personal letter for a college graduate. The next genre is
a very short story about 4th graders designed for children around the same age. In the second
genre I used much less complex language and I used more descriptive language as well. Using
everything we learned in class I was able to produce two genres with their own set of
conventions as well as integrate what we learned about writing in the class. I think that this
protect helped me better understand how to distinguish and analyze genres as well as refresh my

memory about important aspects of writing and academic writing that we learned throught the
course of this class.
Dear Nathaniel,
Hello! Long time since I have heard from you! I hope that this letter finds you well. Thank you
for writing to me. I do indeed remember you from your graduate years here at the university. I
find it very admirable that you are attempting to write a book and I am very admired that you are
asking for my expertise. I remember when I sat down to write my first book, I faced many
challenges I often was unprepared to face, and I will attempt to alleviate you of these challenges.
There are many different things that you need to keep in mind about writing before you begin
your book. Maybe you remember learning about genre and convention back here at the
university. First, as my friend Kelly Dirk would say, you must first distinguish what a genre is
and what genre you are trying to pursue. After you identify your genre, you must figure out what
the conventions are of that genre. Conventions are the specific characterizations of a given genre.
Conventions can be described as specific characteristics and repeating rhetorical situations in a
given text. For example, a horror books conventions would be ‘dark’, ‘scary’, and ‘suspenseful’.
Writing conventions are important to understand in order to have a clear understanding of the
genre that one is being presented with. Since your aim is to write an academic book, you could
do as I do and consult a book by L. Lennie Irvin and try to develop your “writer’s sense” and
figure out how to accurately and concisely portray your purpose of the book. On the same note,
if you are writing academically, you must gather evidence and correctly cite your sources. Kyle
D Stedman describes that you must analyze the guidelines for your citations and use the
guidelines correctly. It will not do to ignore these guidelines as citing is very important so the
reader may trust you and look back at your information. You will also want to work on your

editing skills. If I remember correct, you used to despise editing back in the day. However,
editing and revision is going to be one of the biggest and most important aspects of your book.
Most of the information and most of your most quality writing will be produced during the
revision stages. I remember your writing was usually so great and almost near perfect. It was
always the highlight of my grading periods to read your writings. I have the utter most faith that
you will indeed produce a book of immense quality. Again, thank you for asking me to help you
write your book and I wish you great success in your endeavors. I hope I have been of great help
and I greatly look forward to reading your book in the future!


It was a very bright and sunny afternoon. The birds were chirping outside and the
sunshine was smiling down on the earth from up above. After lunchtime all the students came
and sat down in their seats. The classroom had four white walls and colorful posters on the wall,
probably like your class room has. In the corner there were toys and an arts and crafts table.
Their teacher loved when she saw the students being creative and artistic with their learning. The
teacher loved to get the students to have small discussions after lunchtime because she knew the
kid’s bodies as well as their imaginations would be very active.
The teacher asked her students what they wanted to be when they grew up. There were
lots of different answers and the teacher loved to hear what her students wanted to do with their
future. Billy raised his hand high into the air.
“I want to be a writer when I grow up!” Billy said when his teacher called on him. He
remembered reading the picture books in the bookshelves in amazement. Every time he read
through a book, all he could think about was how he wanted little kids to read his very own
books when he grew up. He thought it was so cool that an author can pick out a few words and
make their very own stories. He knew how important writing was. ‘How cool would it be to have
your very own book?!’ he also thought.

“That’s great!” She responded. “Let me tell you a few tips.” Billy nodded his head and listened
“Think of a comic book and how the artist makes each picture look like. An author, MCloud,
talks about how each picture helps the tone of the overall story. Some books are very long and
some are very short. All of these things make a book a certain type of book. This is a tricky word
that authors call ‘genre’ and it is very important. Genre is the type of writing that you are writing
and has its very own rules called “conventions’. It’s a very big word but it is very important.”
Billy listened very carefully.
“What if I want to write textbooks for classrooms one day?” Billy asked.
“Well that is called academic writing.” responded the teacher “Then you would listen to the
author Peter Elbow. You would learn how to think two different ways; creatively and
academically. After you do that you would do as L. Lennie Irvin says and figure out all the
reason you have for writing your textbook use those reasons to help write your book and form
you ‘genre’. You must know why you’re writing the book, who you are writing it for, the
occasion, your message, and your purpose.” That was a lot of information but the way the
teacher described it made perfect sense to the students.
“Thank you Miss!” responded Billy. Billy finally understood what steps would be needed to
become a famous writer.