ENGL115: English Composition I
Guidelines for Writing the Collage
|Description of Project
|| The collage is a larger piece of writing
which consists of smaller, disconnected bits and pieces of writing rather
than one continuous piece. The segments of the collage are
typically separated by spaces or asterisks.
||The collage accomplishes these objectives:
- It allows you to skip some of the harder parts of producing an essay
such as trying to develop transitions between the various sections.
- It encourages you to experiment with a variety of invention/heuristic
- It emphasizes the exploratory, playful quality of writing.
- It permits you to use your intuition in finding the shape of the writing.
|Writing the Collage
||Follow these directions when writing your collage:
- From everything that you've written so far, select those pieces which
you like best, which best describe you as a writer, or
demonstrate your understanding of what writing is or consists of, or
which identify your assumptions about what the process involves.
- Do not feel compelled to include everything you wrote during your
- You may develop any idea which feels incomplete, but don't feel
that you have to add any new information once you have stopped generating
- Use your intuition to determine the best order of the pieces you
select to include in your collage. Experiment with different orders of
information. What order sounds good?
- Leave white space with three centered asterisks between each
section ( * * * ).
- Feel free to experiment with sentence structure. Use incomplete
sentences if you want, or write in lists.
- Punctuate and spell correctly and double check usage (e.g. don't
say "there" when you mean "they're" or "their.")
- Fill 3 to 5 pages, single-spaced. (NOTE: Future essays
will be double spaced.
- Set your margins at 1 inch all around.
- Look for examples of collages in your textbook (Elbow and
Belanoff), pp. 21-29.