“How can I more precisely express truth and beauty in my writing?” asked the young traveler, sitting by the rocky entrance of a cave, high on the east side of Mount Athos (prosopopoeia).
I have a very specific process when I approach a writing project. Using the first three canons of Classical Rhetoric, I first write down every idea I have. This is the Invention stage and includes my research stage. Anything that generates an idea—something I read, a conversation I had, a thought that I contemplate, I dream I have—gets written down however it comes to me. I don’t worry about assessing the quality of the idea or figuring out how I will use it at that point. Often one idea leads to another, and I keep writing them down.
Congratulations to each of the winners of our 2015 Lost Tools of Writing Essay Contest!
Thanks to Classical Conversations for helping sponsor this competition.
Along with our friends at Classical Conversations we're excited to announce our 2015 Lost Tools of Writing essay contest!
For students ages 12-18, this contest is an ideal opportunity for your students to practice (and show) what they've learned this year, with the chance of winning a cash prize too.
The following is excerpted from the new fifth edition of The Lost Tools of Writing, available today.
The Five Stages of Mimetic Teaching
The day is near. The excitement is building. The retooled, redesigned, reinforced 5th edition of the Lost Tools of Writing will soon be here! What, you thought I was talking about Christmas?
To celebrate the forthcoming launch of this new edition we're hosting our first ever LTW Photography Contest (we trademarked that name so don't steal it!).
Here's how it works:
Recovering the lost tools of writing has not been a simple, straight line. Andrew Kern and the CiRCE Institute have poured years of study, teaching, conversation, and close examination into our passion to help you and your students know, understand, and use the timeless tools of Rhetoric and persuasive writing.
We think to determine three things: whether something is true, whether something should be done, and whether something commands our appreciation. In other words, we think to know truth, goodness, and beauty.
I teach a group of homeschooled 12th graders. This is my second year teaching them, having followed them from 11th to 12th grade. I introduced them to The Lost Tools of Writing Level 1 at the beginning of the 11th grade and we’ve continued the lessons into this second year.