Meghan McWalter

My Autoethnography 

Welcome to my Autoethnography 

When we first received this assignment, I wasn't sure where to begin or how I was going to remember every learning experience. I realize now that everything I have learned is now embedded in every thing I have written; old papers, articles, poems, letters, and my journal. I wouldn't be where I am today if I never learned to write. I used to hate writing; I felt as if it was a task that was going to use up all of my energy. After years of school and years of returned assignments with a variety of grades on them, I feel as though I'm still a beginner. I know I still have so much to learn and so much to experience before I can even consider myself an experienced writer. I have struggled with writing and I have accomplished so much with it, in other words I have never been so grateful to be a writer. I think people take writing for granted, one day they will understand that words are the most powerful forces in the world. 

 Being able to go back and look over my experience as a writer has opened my eyes. Now that I can remember and understand all the things that I went through as a "writer in training" I can help cater to my students needs. I can empathize with them when they have writers block, I can laugh with them when they trick their readers, and finally I can help them when they don't know where to go next. I have written in so many different genres, some that I love and some that I hate. When one of my  students is struggling with a certain type of writing I know I will either be able to help them work through it or suggest a new genre; maybe they enjoy writing letters instead of poetry. 

I have focused mostly on genres such as letters, poetry, diary entries, and just plain writing. These are the main genres that have taught me how to write. I have memories from the entire course of my education, from grammar school through college. I hope my experience will bring back some memories of your own. Feel free to peruse at your own leisure.