Today, Richard of Passionate Foodie posted an article on a wine writing workshop he was planning on attending in Boston. When I read this, I began to feel a bit frustrated in that I live in Spain, and I don't have the same resources others have across the big pond. Sure, I could take a Spanish wine writing course, but I write in English, and my writing is not geared towards print, but rather, a blog.
As we've chatted on several occasions, writing for print is not the same as writing for a blog. Blog writing tends to be more informal, more personal, and I have the luxury of leaving out information by linking a word to an article that provides additional information. However, I would LOVE to improve my writing both as a blogger and as a wine writer. But how?
Why not here? There are plenty of us struggling to improve grammatically, stylistically, pedagogically, etc, so why not take advantage of the community? Isn't social networking based on this idea?
So what I propose is a brainstorming session on figuring out what we want from this group, followed by a structure to achieve those goals. Ideas?
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"Five paragraph theme on wine and religion/mysticism written in the 3rd person.
The thought for the third essay sprang from a few different sources. First, it would be nice to get away from the constant use of the first person, to take a step back and work on the writing itself. Second, wine is far more than liquid in a glass. It has its own history, one that is part of Western Civilization. As a writing assignment, why not look into a small piece of that history, working on research and prose. Again, a pure writing exercise. I chose religion because it gives an interesting, but very tight, focus. Finally, I thought it might be different enough and interesting enough to encourage wider participation.
In looking at the reviews, some people seemed to be looking for something to criticize, while others looking for reasons to applaud. As a result, while a sentence structure here or punctuation mark there might get better, I am not sure we are really gaining anything. I thought this assignment might take us far enough away from what we write every day that we could all get something out of doing it and critiquing it. "
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