Welcome to WRIT Large
WRIT Large is an annual journal of undergraduate research and writing at DU. Begun in the winter of 2012, WRIT Large serves as a resource and teaching tool for our faculty, as well as a source of inspiration for students. Each year, DU students produce an exemplary array of academic writing across disciplines, and WRIT Large gives some of them an audience beyond their instructors and classmates. We are consistently impressed by the variety we see in student writing at DU: variety in the methods they employ, the theories that ground and prompt their thinking, the creativity they display in finding new ways to write about familiar and not-so-familiar topics.
"Media in Our Lives" (Volume 8.3)
Introduction to Volume 8 (Issue 3)
In 1964, Marshall McLuhan declared that “the medium is the message,” by which he meant, for example, that the fact that people were getting their news through a TV was more significant than the news’ actual content. Media, in other words, had greater power to effect change in our attitudes than the news items that those media channeled. Three years later, McLuhan announced in a book title that The Medium is the Massage, by which he meant, maybe, that various kinds of media “massage” our senses. They can dull us to life. Sedate us.
Are these revelations true today, as we mosey and scroll our way through the Internet? Are we dulled to life by Facebook and Twitter? Are there alternative platforms that can excite our senses, or allow for meaningful points of connection with others? In this issue of WRIT Large Retrospective, three DU students provide insightful glimpses into the role of media in our lives.
— Blake Sanz
Teaching Associate Professor
University Writing Program
"Writing About Education" (Volume 8.2)
"Writing the Self" (Volume 8.1)
Introduction to Volume 8
When a group of DU Writing Program faculty conceived of publishing WRIT Large in the fall of 2011, we envisioned a space to celebrate undergraduate writing and research, both from our own WRIT classes and in the writing students engage in across campus and beyond. Over the last 7 years and 7 volumes of WRIT Large, the faculty editors have worked with 63 student authors and 19 student editors in our efforts to make student writing more visible on the DU campus. In the process, we have collectively created a robust archive of outstanding student work, mostly in the form of a print journal.
This year, we want to reflect back and call attention to some of our favorite writing from the volumes we’ve published so far. In the coming months, we will showcase a trio of essays focusing on a theme we saw emerging from our pages.
April Chapman-Ludwig, Teaching Assistant Professor
David J. Daniels, Teaching Associate Professor
Megan J. Kelly, Teaching Associate Professor
Heather N. Martin, Teaching Associate Professor
Juli Parrish, Teaching Associate Professor
LP Picard, Teaching Associate Professor
From the University Writing Program