Some of you are just starting the process of discovery and invention for this thesis project. And some of you are well on your way, and have various elements “in the can.” At this stage, we have taken a look at the “Early MA Proposal” document shared on this site. I will continue to speak with each of you this week about your project ideas, and that should serve as the basis for the formal articulation of your project in proposal form. At this stage, you should be in the process of capturing some of your “project vision”. Please follow the guidelines posted in the Early MA Thesis Proposal Document in order to get the most out of this exercise.
Since you are each at various stages in the overall process, this week during class time we will touch base with all three projects and learn from each other as each project takes shape or (shapes up with more nuance and specificity) in a unique way. Each of you can learn something from considering each other’s proposal approach, no matter how nascent or evolved your proposal iteration might be.
This week we will have three separate or individual/one-on-one conferences to explore the start of the thesis process. I am aware that each of you has done some considerate thinking about this, and I am looking forward to getting a sense of the direction you would like to take your forthcoming work. I think that these individual “jump-start” conferences will help me get a sense of an overview of our possible synchronicity as a small group of researchers. I will be able to think more about how to integrate and set up peer support for your work moving forward. I really look forward to hearing from each of you.
Remember to post that first blog as a ‘preview’. I will be sure to syndicate your thesis blog on this site as soon as I receive your blog’s URL.
Writing a thesis is not easy. There are many twists and turns in the road, roadblocks do come up, and there are unforeseen landscapes that cannot be imagined until you cover ground and truly travel. That said, the more time you have on the road, the more of a chance you will have to discover. I have no doubt that each of you will eventually “arrive” at the place of your own design. A place of insight and learning. A place where perhaps the outcomes were not the ones you originally anticipated.
I look forward to working with each of you as you set a course and cover some significant ground on your own terms as you develop your culminating project for your Masters of Arts degree. I am here to provide suggestions, feedback, resources, and insight; to prompt you to refine your thinking and take your work to another level. Sometimes you surge forth in the process and cover good distance “on the road” due to insightful feedback during a conversation. And sometimes you surge forth due to a long session of engaged independent reading & research. Oftentimes, inspiration hits at the most unlikely times ;). I hope you will experience all of this.
The MA in Writing Studies @KeanUniversity is inherently a “customizable” degree, and I encourage each of you to follow a course for which you feel a spark of commitment and passion. I also encourage you to take risks in pursing forms of learning that matter to you personally. In my own experience, this is the place from which meaningful transformation is born. And if you are going to work hard at something, why not make it both meaningful and transformative on your own terms?
The site will serve to organize some shared resources for supporting your writing process while connecting our learning. It is also a showcase of your work this year (in progress).