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The Writer’s Block | Issue #2

The Writer’s Block | Issue #2

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Editor’s Note: The “All About Me” Essay

In ENG1D, students are tasked with the "I Am" poem assignment. The next year, a large part of ENG2D is dedicated to self-reflection while writing the "This is Me So Far" essay. Senior students breathe collective sighs of relief in ENG3U and ENG4U, where personal writing is minimal. Writing about ourselves is not a bad assignment…but it is difficult.

Our society throws praise at those with hidden achievements, who are humble and rock carefree "I am not trying to impress you" nonchalance. "All About Me" assignments feel like traps designed to catch our pretentious punctuation, poorly concealed boasts, and disingenuous modesty.

At The Writer's Block's first meeting, I mentioned the elusive personal piece. "Don't do it," I said. Personal writing is dangerous and, well, personal. The student newspaper is for student voices, not opinions about students.

But recently, I've started to re-think my discomfort with the "All About Me" paper. Graduating readers will recognize this well-meaning but plenty overused query: "So, how are applications?" Let me tell you; every single post-secondary application question is an "All About Me" prompt. Boiling anyone down to 250 words is a nightmare, but profiling myself, in multiple unique ways, seems like a half-page punishment.

Within this issue, Christian writes about the positive value of reflection. I regret that I have come to the same conclusion so late; university applications have shown me that alongside the discomfort, there is an acute peace that comes from a detailed assessment of yourself, and discovering your proudest moments, comforting spaces, and ways you have grown. Sometimes, I finish a personal essay with a new concept of who I hope to become.

Writing "All About Me" is challenging and reflectively rewarding; there is a distinct power in taking control of your narrative and acknowledging who you are, in this moment. I encourage you to test your hand at a personal essay; The Writer's Block would be honoured to publish your pieces, if you trust us with their sharing.

Our writing team has been typing around the clock to bring you this issue’s full house of articles. Thank you to this brilliant group, as well as our hardworking editors, and supportive staff. The real magic happens because of our talented graphics team, Franky Liu and Maya Freedman. And thank you to our readers, for embracing The Writer’s Block with open arms; we are so grateful.

Best of luck to my fellow Grade 12s as application and "All About Me" season rages on.

 

Hugs,

Emiko Wijeysundera

Editor-In-Chief
 

Want to contribute to The Writer’s Block? Write a Letter to the Editor, addressed to ewijeysundera@bayviewglen.ca, to be included!


 

Between the Lines

Anavi has been writing since she was a child and uses it as an outlet to de-stress. She hopes her last year will go out with a bang.

Hi everyone! It’s Anavi again. I realized the time period for submissions in October was much too short and I apologize. To make up for this, all students can respond to either the October prompts AND/OR the new November ones.

The deadline is December 15, 2020 and all submissions are due to aparekh@bayviewglen.ca. Happy writing!

 

The November prompt:
Finish the story- A girl walks into a convenience store and sees a man collapse. Try to experiment with different perspectives. One page maximum.

The October prompt:
Write a one-page murder mystery, complete with a beginning, middle, and end. And please, let's not get too gory.
OR
Take an object/idea/place that would not usually be associated with Halloween, and put a spooky spin on it. This should also be one page in length.