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Writing in Real-time

QC Voices Bloggers Mike Fu, Christina Torossian, and Rachel Wessel, Queens College Students


Editor’s Note: The assignment was simple: at 8pm on a Wednesday night, three QC Voices bloggers were to log into a Google document. At the top of the document was a question: “What does it mean to ‘Write with Friends’?” For the next hour, the bloggers were to take turns composing sentences in the hopes of building towards an answer to the prompt. Nobody knew what would emerge. Here is what happened. Writing with friends implies the communal, the ritualistic. To write with friends is to share ideas and explore different concepts. Just as interactions among friends involve intrapersonal communication, writing with friends involves the sharing of ideas between peers to improve our writing. Writing is more often than not a private act, an individual meditation. However, when writing with different people, you are no longer just expressing your own ideas, but ...

We Know

Saygun Gökarıksel, Writing Fellow, Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology


“When will they stop writing such letters,” thought the public administration officer. He had been working in the department responsible for answering the citizen’s complaints for more than a decade. Reading about other people’s problems, complaints, and life stories was a learning experience for him. When the letter was sufficiently attractive, he would then dream about what the author might look like. He spied on many strange faces, eavesdropped on many secret conversations, and recorded many previously unfamiliar stories to his diary as “words from friends.” He befriended those words that reminded him of the society he lived in even during his most solitary hours spent at his desk in the office. But how about this newly arrived letter? “Today everyone seems to be in ridiculously inflated debt with no prospects of repayment,” he thought. What was there to say ...

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