Fresh Voices: Composition at Cal Poly


Sara Adams’ “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” explores the process of finding her own “voice.” Can you recall any writing assignments in which you were asked to do the same? What is a writer’s “voice”? Do they have more than one? Adams’ introduction might be labeled as experimental by most readers because of its style. What might have you expected in an introduction? Adams does not organize her essay in a chronological order. Is this strategy effective? How does the integration of concrete details from her past—such as exact places, names, and dates—strengthen her approach? How does the block quotation of her speech work in this essay? Why would an author introduce evidence in this manner?