Fresh Voices: Composition at Cal Poly

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A Writer's Reflections


Editor’s Note

In “A Writer’s Reflections,” Sean Krueger mentions his desire to emulate his favorite writers—Walt Whitman and Mark Twain. He laments how some teachers

squelched these creative tendencies, even as he recognized the harsh— but somehow necessary—lessons on organization. Krueger explains that he was ultimately able to break out of these boundaries, though his writing does maintain an organic structure that works well in this piece. He discusses how he was inspired by his class readings in English 134. How does reading affect your writing? Watch, too, how Krueger stretches his diction and punctuation

throughout the essay, with simple, yet effective words like “lackluster,”

“renegade,” “doldrums,” and sophisticated punctuation like dashes and semi-colons, as well as precisely placed italics.