We asked seniors to reflect on their experiences as Loyola writing students and offer some advice to incoming or current students. Here is what they said:
"Don't be afraid to take classes outside of your writing comfort zone. I wish I had taken more professional writing or rhetoric courses."
"Take advantage of workshop time moments to offer and receive peer feedback. Feedback is invaluable (and usually fun)."
"It's all downhill from here (it gets easier)."
"Take a class with Ron Tanner."
"Learn and practice all kinds of writing, not just the kinds you like."
"Take classes with as wide a variety of professors as you can; they will show you the way. Be honest in revising the work of your classmates."
"Take a wide swath of courses across the spectrum of writing. Seek out publishing opportunities throughout your time at Loyola. Build strong relationships with writing professors."
"The teacher that makes you regret taking a class (workload-wise) actually makes you a better writer."
"Take a variety of classes. Even if you think of yourself as a creative writer or a rhetorician, challenge yourself in unfamiliar genres. It will make you a stronger writer."
"Join the Greyhound Collective Poetry Revival."
"Submit your writing to Warnings, The Forum, and The Garland; getting published is awesome and getting rejected is good practice."
"Get involved in writing-centered clubs on campus (like The Greyhound Collective Poetry Revival, Warnings, The Garland/Forum). It's worth developing a strong writing community within and outside of the writing department."
"If you're planning on going to graduate school for writing, arrange to take the "senior writing portfolio" with a professor."