You Must Know How to Write Analytically

Oliver also arranged for us to take an analytical writing class at Columbia University.

We were supposed to read our work out load for critique.  I never volunteered first.  I wanted to hear other people’s essays to see how mine compared.  It was a small class but the other students were better writers than I was then.  After hearing their essays I’d try to get out of reading but I had to participate in at least a few sessions.

The critique hit hard with comments on grammar, word choice, thesis choice, plot and character analysis.  I was one of the best writers in my middle school but not even close to the best in this group.  I wrote, edited, rewrote, revised, reviewed, and started from scratch.  By the end of the summer I was prepared for the analysis of Chaucer, Hemingway, Shakespeare, and many more.


Leave a Reply