When it comes to the portfolio, what you really should be thinking is “What do I want people to know about my work and who I am as a writer?” The portfolio is the body of work that best represents your capabilities as a developing writer. The reflection is something like the introduction to your book. To help you along, here are some questions to think about.

These are three questions that you should address. I think it would be hard to have an effective reflection without considering these points:

Why did you choose the pieces that you chose?

How did these pieces evolve, or how were they revised? Give specific examples. Explain why you felt these changes were necessary. (Remember: I can’t physically see the changes. I need you to show me what you considered important to the pieces’ evolutions)

What are your writing strengths and weaknesses now?

Here are some other questions that you might consider when writing your portfolio:

Who do you think you are as a writer at this moment in time? Has that changed since you began college? How so?

Who do you want to be as a writer in the future?

How do you want to use writing in the future?

Has your definition of what makes a person a writer changed at all?

Have your thoughts about why we write evolved?

How do you define “good” writing?

Did any specific assignment, workshop, or feedback help you to improve more so than others?

How do you feel about the feedback that you gave your classmates throughout the semester? Did you learn anything from giving feedback?

You may, of course, choose to talk about things that are not on either of these lists.

Also, don’t feel that you need to address these things in any particular order. Write them in whatever structure is most effective and flows best.


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