preface

These "Voices in the World" are diverse with regard to content, style, and technical refinement. Their similarity exists in that they are all emerging texts. One of the goals of The Writing Program is to develop student writers via reading, writing, thinking about, and talking about text. As editors of Intertext, our goal is not to present you with ten perfectly finished pieces. Rather, we invite you to examine the products of such processes in the Writing Studios.

As editors, we read texts three, often four times, before making final selections. Choosing only ten pieces from the many submissions we received was no easy task; putting them in order was even more difficult. After much discussion and argument about subdivisions and grouping of the texts, someone brilliantly suggested that we shut up for a minute and let the authors do the talking. Well, surprise, surprise, that's just what they do! Challenging and responding to one another, these texts have their own conversations.

So what is it about these pieces that spoke to us?

Each of these distinctive voices gives us a unique and relevant perspective. As readers, we gain insight into the writers, ourselves, or the world we share. The authors display depth of emotional and critical thought. They engaged us with writing that is variably questioning, reflective, outraged, hilarious, and, at times, even a little clumsy.

We hope that these "Voices in the World" speak to you as well.


The Writing Program

announces the first annual

Louise Wetherbee Phelps Writing Awards

to recognize excellence in the Writing Studios


Submissions must

There will be two awards - one for lower division and one for upper division--of $50 each.