Tips for Preparing Your Writing Exhibit

Prior to submitting your exhibit, plan to attend one of the Writing Exhibit Workshops, which are presented three times a year.

Please plan ahead and submit your exhibit for evaluation at least 6 months prior to the date you want to take your comprehensive examination course. Writing exhibits are evaluated three times a year: once in the fall, once in the spring, and once in the summer. Watch for dates in the PEL 4-Term Schedule and for reminders on email.

You should use papers from a variety of courses instead of just one course. You can then show your writing abilities in different areas.

It may be necessary for you to create something new or revise an existing paper in order to fit a category.

Avoid using more than one paper from LLV since it was the first course you took at Eckerd College and reflects your writing skills upon entry to our program.

Select papers that demonstrate Senior level writing skills. If you believe your writing is not up to Senior level standards or that you need work on research writing, plan to take a course in either Analytic and Persuasive Writing or Resourceful Writing.

You may submit two of the required pieces from previous collegiate work. If possible, attach a note from the instructor certifying that you wrote the piece under her or his direction. Otherwise, bring the original to the PEL office for someone to examine and attach verification that you wrote the paper for another college.

You should be sure that at least one piece is a traditional, college-level research paper which uses a minimum of five to seven scholarly sources. It must include your own analysis and interpretation of the information in response to your research question. In all papers involving sources, be sure to document correctly, using attribution and citation (parentheses or numbered notes) in the text and a listing of sources you have used at the end of the paper. Though various documentation formats are acceptable, you need to be sure that you follow one format consistently throughout a paper. If you do not know what documentation entails, you should study the sections on Research and Documentation in Diana Hacker's A Writer's Reference (6th edition), go to the Writing Center, or seek assistance from a PEL writing tutor.

The timed writing may be part of an exam, as long as the writing is several paragraphs long.

Note that you are turning in "clean" copies of your papers--no grade and no comments by professors. This is true even for the timed writing.

All papers should be typed or printed from word processors with the exception of the in-class essay or essay written under timed conditions (paper #4). If your handwriting is hard to read, you may submit a typed copy in addition to a copy of the original essay.

Writing exhibits are returned to you; be sure, however, to keep copies of the work which you submit.

Preparing the writing exhibit folder

The presentation of your exhibit is important. Read carefully the material printed on the folder. Fill in the information asked for on the cover. Remember that you may choose to include an optional piece; this may be something related to your work experience or any other piece of writing you have done. On the inside left of the folder, check off the pieces of writing that you are submitting.

Staple each category separately. Do not try to staple the entire exhibit together. Put the pieces in the order indicated on the checklist and place them in the folder. Be sure your name and the date are on the cover and that you sign the honor code pledge.

Preparing the annotations

The writing exhibit folder calls for annotations. Be careful as you prepare these, for they are the pieces of writing that your readers see first. The annotations, therefore, need to be both correct (in terms of standard written English) and engaging.

Write a global annotation for the front of your exhibit. It should not be stapled to the other pieces. Here is your chance to speak directly to your audience of faculty readers, to tell them a little about yourself as a writer, and to invite them to enjoy your work. Call your readers' attention to what you see as the strengths of your writing.

At the front of each piece of writing which you include, explain the assignment or the task (briefly), describe the circumstances under which you wrote the piece, and make any comments you think might be helpful to your readers (such as the reference form, if any, used in the paper). Staple the annotation to the piece it introduces.

Remember that neatness and care in preparing annotations, as well as complete sentences, correct spelling, appropriate use of apostrophes, and other marks of correct writing are essential.

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