Workshop | Spontaneous Writing Sample for TEP. University Writing Center Jaclyn Wells, Ph.D. September 16, 2014. Today’s agenda. Today’s goal is to provide general ideas and practice for tackling the Spontaneous Writing Sample for TEP Admissions. W e will: Discuss the assignment and rubric
University Writing Center
Jaclyn Wells, Ph.D.
September 16, 2014
Today’s goal is to provide general ideas and practice for tackling the Spontaneous Writing Sample for TEP Admissions. We will:
Let’s begin by looking at the directions for the Spontaneous Writing Sample and breaking down your writing task. Below are important elements of your writing situation.
Remember that you’re writing a letter, but it’s a persuasive, professional letter instead of just a friendly hello. You will likely include:
The situation includes a number of challenges:
Next, let’s look at the rubric and discuss its dimensions. You will be evaluated on seven criteria:
No one follows exactly the same writing process, but most successful writers follow some version of the following:
What’s difficult about timed writing is that you have to condense these steps down into 50 minutes. Even when what you’re writing is short, that’s quite intimidating, especially when the stakes are high.
Many writers are tempted to save time by skipping steps.
The biggest mistake people make in timed writing situations is skipping important parts of the writing process, particularly pre-writing/planning and editing. Remember:
You must include pre-writing and editing in your process. You need time to plan your essay by brainstorming ideas, crafting a thesis, and creating an outline. You also need time to edit your essay carefully.
The problems with skipping pre-writing are many:
You will not have enough time to make major revisions to your essay after drafting. In a timed writing situation, this is simply unrealistic. However, you can:
When you skip or rush editing, you make mistakes that you should catch. A couple points you may not realize:
For this timed situation, try the process below. As you practice, tweak the process as necessary to suit you.
Let’s practice the all important step of planning your essay. With the example topic, take ten minutes to:
To prepare for editing in a timed writing situation, become familiar with your own common patterns of error. Below are common errors that all writers make when writing quickly.
Other common errors include:
We do not have time to look at each of these common errors, but follow the links for more information. A UWC tutor can also work with you on any of these errors or help you with your editing process.
As you prepare remember these final suggestions:
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