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An idea. Looking for participants

Post Number:#1  Postby Burning ghost » October 19th, 2017, 1:18 am

I would really like to start a "topic/s" with the aim of having people, who choose to participate, to write an essay of 500-1000 words on the said topic.

The point of this being as a way of improving writing ability within a limited framework.

The first topic I was thinking of starting with is exactly what this whole process is based on.

So the title of the first essay would simply be "How to write an essay."

I was thinking of setting a certain time limit (likely 2-3 weeks depending on the subject matter) on this and for participants to be willing to not only take critique, but to give it also. Of course if lots of people are interested in this then it will be difficult to read and critique all pieces, but I don't expect more than a few people to be interested in this (if any?)

I am very much committed to expanding my knowledge and improving my general writing ability. I understand that some topics may grab your attention more than others so I would not expect everyone to participate and post an essay for every topic.

I would set out some general rules such as not allowing more than one or two quotes (preferring the essay writer to exercise the use of their own words rather than relying on those of others all the time), but insisting on bibliography of source material where appropriate.

ANYONE INTERESTED??

Note: If this is not considered an appropriate exercise for this forum then I hope the mods will inform me and I can only ask for other members to PM me directly if this is the case.

I was simply thinking of posting something like this in lounge area and something akin to it in General Philosophy Forum where even those who don't wish to participate can at least comment more briefly on the subject and offer their take on this or that essay as they see fit.

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Re: An idea. Looking for participants

Post Number:#2  Postby Albert Tatlock » October 19th, 2017, 6:11 am

Burning ghost wrote:So the title of the first essay would simply be "How to write an essay."

Well that's me out then, I don't know anything about how to write an essay. I suppose I'll have to wait until you pick a subject I do know something about.
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Post Number:#3  Postby Burning ghost » October 22nd, 2017, 9:09 am

I guess this is a sign of the times. Honestly feeling like forums are of less and less use to me :(
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Re: An idea. Looking for participants

Post Number:#4  Postby Georgeanna » October 29th, 2017, 5:30 pm

Albert Tatlock wrote:
Burning ghost wrote:So the title of the first essay would simply be "How to write an essay."

Well that's me out then, I don't know anything about how to write an essay. I suppose I'll have to wait until you pick a subject I do know something about.


Instead of ruling this out because you don't know anything about how to write an essay, a more productive question might be ' Why write an essay...on a philosophy discussion board?

The reasons given by burning ghost seem to be:
1. To improve general writing ability
2. To have a limited framework: 500 - 1000 words
3. To have a set time-scale: 2- 3 weeks
4. To give and take critique
5. To expand knowledge

I quite like this idea. Who wouldn't want to improve writing - all the better to clarify thought process?
However, an essay of 500 - 1000 words is, I think, too much to ask for.
Also, how many here have the experience/ training/ willingness to offer positive feedback ?
To expand knowledge of what ?
Why do you write?


A desire to be aesthetically pleasing. In rhythm and sound.
A way to think out loud without pre-judgment.
To share facts; speculate on their truth value.
To persuade or prick set attitudes.
To listen and understand.

So, even if we don't end up writing an essay on a philosophical topic, isn't learning the craft of writing important? Why not a mini-essay. An attempt. An effort. No rules.
Could be a basic intro, a main part, and a conclusion.
Or just jump in with an:
I think that writing an essay on a philosophy forum is daft because:
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Re: An idea. Looking for participants

Post Number:#5  Postby Georgeanna » October 29th, 2017, 5:31 pm

Why a sign of the times ?
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