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Welcome to WRT 392 - Spring 2022

Updated: Jan 25, 2022

Welcome to the Spring 2022 section of WRT 392: Theories and Methods of Mentoring Writers!


I am so excited to engage in this meaningful work with each of you burgeoning educators. Together we will explore writing and the teaching of writing as a viable and powerful means of critical thinking, self-reflection, community building, and social justice action. We will use mentor texts to illuminate some of the foundational traits of writing like ideas, organization, word choice, and sentence fluency. We will explore our own lived experiences as primary source texts that are the perfect springboard to catapult into writing with purpose — after all, without meaningful purpose what is the point of writing anything, at all?


Use this post to introduce yourself to the class and share more about not only yourself, but what you hope to garner from our time together this semester. Here are some prompts to help you get started:


Do you consider yourself a writer? If so, what does that mean. If not, why not? Discuss your personal journey with writing. Do you look forward to teaching writing? What’s your “dream” teaching job? Does it include teaching writing? If so, in what capacity?










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Ziqi Wu
Ziqi Wu
Jan 31, 2022

Hello everyone, my name is Ziqi Wu. I'm a junior university student majoring in psychology. Although reading, watching movies, and also listening to music are among my hobbies, I feel like I'm naturally a writer. I like writing articles, blogs, and reviews of different books or films that I watch.


Writing means a lot to me. I have always been interested in reading several contents in books, magazines, and articles to improve my writing skills. I usually believe that diverse readings are essential in improving my writing skills. my creativity level. I always relish what has already been written by prominent writers, which boosts the curiosity of attaining more in the writing field. Writing does not only improve my skills…



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Sebastian Andrade
Sebastian Andrade
Jan 31, 2022

What’s up guys! I’m Sebastian Andrade, a second semester junior in the English Teacher Prep Program.

Going into college, I did not know that I wanted to be an educator. I felt overwhelmed and lost with my options because growing up I never paid mind to the future. My generation values making money and living lavishly; I did too for a while. I thought that majoring in something that could match those values would set me for life. I was doing computer science when I came into Stony Brook because I was mediocre at coding. I thought that having base level programming skills would take me far, boy was I wrong. I admire those who tackle computer science, you really…


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Vivett Dukes
Vivett Dukes
Feb 01, 2022
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This is the "golden line" for me: "I believe that writing is a very underrated skill, people are amazed by those who can solve difficult calculus problems or deal with intense chemistry formulas, but little credit is given to writers who spend hours painting beautiful stories and sharing their own experiences." I couldn't agree with you more, Sebastian. What kinds of lessons did your English teachers teach you that were of particular importance to getting you where you are today as a writer? I would love to read your life story. I hop you write and publish it one day (soon).

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Matthew Suarez
Matthew Suarez
Jan 31, 2022

Hey guys! My name is Matt and I'm a senior and an english major at Stonybrook University. My hobbies include reading, horror media (games, movies, etc.) and making music! While I wouldn't call myself a writer, I do love to write small stories on the side that I like to work into the music that I create via lyrics and the instrumentation of the tracks themselves. While I have dabbled in writing poetry and the occasional short story, I find music to be much more of an expressive outlet for myself. Above everything, I believe what draws me most to English is the analysis and discussions that come after reading or watching something like a play. While reading and writing…

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Vivett Dukes
Vivett Dukes
Feb 01, 2022
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Such sound and valuable counsel, Ziqi!


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Hey everyone!

My name is Sunayra but most of my friends call me Sunny! I'm a senior biology major and writing minor from Queens, NY. My hobbies include attending mini raves in my bedroom thanks to COVID (but if anyone wants a friend to go to EZoo with by all means let me know), cooking, making tiktoks with my boyfriend (I'm dabbling in some couple influencer shenanigans please don't clown me), and lifting!

I wouldn't necessarily call myself a writer. Mainly because labels are a little too harsh for me, and it puts a lot of pressure on me to perfect something I do as a hobby. I started out only a biology major my freshman year, but writing was…

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Vivett Dukes
Vivett Dukes
Feb 01, 2022
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Have you ever heard of trauma-informed writing / literacy? You tapped into it when

you wrote, " Last semester I was going through a difficult time personally and a lot of the fictional pieces I had to submit for class were largely built around my experiences which I had hid, and it was immensely therapeutic for me to not only write them, but to see how supportive my peers and professor were during workshop." Thank you for feeling safe enough to share here.



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Hey, I’m Shannon Wibben and I’m in my first semester of the English Teacher Prep Program.


I think the question of whether one is a writer or not is not taken in as literal of an approach as it should be. What makes a dancer a dancer? Why can’t someone who loves to dance be considered a dancer no matter their aptitude? Why can’t a parent who teaches their young children colors and the alphabet be called a teacher? Oftentimes I think American culture focuses too much on classifying people by their profession, especially in relation to how much financial value or social status the profession is perceived to have. I think it’s okay to call yourself a writer if…


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Vivett Dukes
Vivett Dukes
Feb 01, 2022
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You reflection touches on the juxtaposition and intersection of the art and the science of writing. We will delve into this more as the semester ensues.

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