My Writing History

Course Projects

Contributions to Class Web Project

My Article: For the first draft of my segment on College Life at IUP, I had established pretty much the direction that I wanted my article to take. It was only after my peer editors took a crack at the piece that I started to realize where some minor additions were needed. This brought me to the ready for editing draft of my article. After this stage, I had minor punctuation details to modify in my paper. After this was completed, the project was submitted to the class blog page.

Editing of Classmates’ Work: Due to the fact that we were assigned to the two classmates below our position, I edited Sean McKee’s and Josh Weston’s papers. In Sean’s paper, I pointed out some punctuation ideas as well as a place where some clarification might be helpful. With Josh’s piece, I pointed out places where I believed he needed to add paragraphs or organize in a way that brought more power and clarity to the paper.

Scribus Poster

For this assignment, I used the Scribus program to create a poster. I first found a news article that was of interest to me; and, from that information, designed a poster around that event. Since this was my first time, both designing a poster and using Scribus, it was a tedious task for me to accomplish. For the entirety of the first class period, I was focusing on how to originally format the document. I set my margins and other variables to the desired locations and began to put my pictures on the screen. For the second class, I inserted my text and began to create a somewhat appealing design. Over the weekend, I spend hours trying to edit the text and add certain aspects to the poster that would make it look more professional. In all, I believe that I achieved the best that I could with the knowledge that I had.

Here is the pdf file of my completed poster


For the Scribus-for-Wits project, there is not much that can really be shown here on the wiki. As a group, me and my section were responsible for the Visual Order chapter of the project. For our homework, we were assigned to type up a few paragraphs pertaining to our specific section. I choose to work on the section called use grids/guides for positioning. Once the section was typed up, I uploaded it to the proper section of the wiki.

From here, the entre document was printed out and as groups we worked to edit the entire project together. Me and a partner worked on editing the final section of the document called Printing or Uploading. This editing process was carried out on paper with the use of editor’s marks in order to further practice this skill.

Final Project Proposal

The title for my work is Getting out Alive: A survival guide from apocalypse to zombies. My goal is to make a constantly adapting guide for explorers and outdoorsmen with a sci-fi twist.

The goal of this project is to create an online reference that people can go to in order to gain knowledge about surviving in the outdoors. The knowledge will span from tips and tricks that can be used when camping to how to guides that can help someone survive in the wild when they get lost or stranded. Furthermore, the inclusion of urban survival tips along with manuals detailing basic academic knowledge will attract the post-apocalyptic survival enthusiasts.

The website will be broken down into a few different sub categories. As of now, I believe that five different categories should be enough: Tips, Short Term, Long Term, Survival, From Scratch. Each section will be no less than four pages of information along with illustrations and videos that are from across the web and print sources. For a list of resources that I will be using, I will be pulling from these two web sites http://www.evr1.co/pages/evr1-canon and http://knowledgeweighsnothing.com/.

All of the resources that I am going to be using are entirely open source. There are a plethora of articles and books that have been converted onto open source materials and I will be taking advantage of as many as possible. For now, this is project is just a starting point. Since I am planning on publishing all of this on an electronic format I am also looking toward wanting others to contribute toward a bigger project than what I alone can undertake.

As of now, there are other sites like the one that I am proposing; however, they really are just run by a person or two. I want to allow this project to grow fair beyond something simple that I created. This should be an interactive project where people can take what they need or add to the knowledge base with facts and resources of their own. This project takes the survival guides and brings them into the modern age.

Final Project: The Process

For the final project, since I decided to work through the medium of the internet, I had to first find a website that would be adequate to host my work. After some decision making, I settled on using the same site that the class had used earlier in the year for posting about IUP. Once the website was chosen and I created a page, I started to mess with the design elements that I had at my disposal in order to modify the way that the site would look. To visit the page click here.

Throughout this process, I had to keep my audience in mind. It was important to idealize who would be coming to this site and that I would have to make it attractive to them since they would be my audience. Finally, I was able to settle on a design choice that I believe will work perfectly with what I am going for with my site.

In class, I started working on designing a style sheet for my final project. The style sheet and voice and audience profile gave me a better grasp when it came to editing my project. I now knew what to look for when it came to general details. As the editing process progressed, the style sheet would grow to cover more ideas and subjects that I deemed needed clarification and solidification when it came to making the project flow smoothly.

In order to generate content for my final project, I visited a survival web page. I browsed through their material that they had posted on their site then after picking an idea that I really liked, I would write a paragraph or two describing the survival tip. After I had repeated this process for a few different elements, I started to organize them into their specific categories. Once this was done, I was finished with my first draft.

I gave the material some time before I returned to make more editing changes. This process allowed me to look at the material with fresher eyes and spot errors in my writing more quickly. At this part of the editing, I was adjusting the voice problems that Aria pointed out for me to change. Furthermore, I was fixing some style choices so that the piece, although made of different pieces, still had a cohesive element. To further see my changes, refer to revisions two, and three.

In revision number four, I went through the material and broke it up into smaller thoughts. This allowed for the material to be processed easier by the audience. Furthermore, I edited each section with the voice that that specific audience would be looking for. I used simpler terms in the Tips section but allowed bigger vocabulary to be included in the final sections. Along with doing this type of editing, I looked over the material with my stile sheet in order to make sure that the piece was consistent.

After once again leaving the material alone for a while, I went back through everything in order to check for any last editing mistakes along with some confusing word choices. I now considered the piece to be in its final revision. Once I believed that all of the editing was completed, I uploaded all of the material to my blog.