techcommie Posted February 16, 2011 Share Posted February 16, 2011 (edited) Comp/rhet folks: what kind of writing sample did you submit? I have half a semester and a summer to come up with something before application season hits, and I'd like to get a feel for what others have done. There's no undergrad thesis in my department, so that's out. I have various academic papers, of course, but they aren't research heavy for the most part. The most English-y papers I have are from a classical rhetoric class where we analyzed discourse through, for example, the lens of Aristotle's common topics; these papers have a very class-assignment flavor. My other class papers are about technical writing (my major): a literature survey on modularizing online help, a web interface critique, archival research about a technical communicator, an essay on historical strategies for professionalization of the field, and so forth. I assume (correct me if I'm wrong) that adcomms would rather see something related to the field of rhetoric and composition. So: what did you submit? If it was a research article, what methodology did you employ? What questions did you ask? Did you instead submit an essay or other genre? How did you generate ideas if you weren't given the initial concept by a professor or class assignment? Edited February 16, 2011 by techcommie Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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