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We are pleased to bring you issues of Mercer Street. The essays in these collections were selected from work done in our writing courses. These student essays provide interesting examples of the kind of work you will be doing in your own writing courses; they point the way.

Each of the essays makes use of written texts, and they do so in a variety of interesting ways. Many of the essayists also use other rich sources -- movies, paintings, poems, cultural artifacts -- to help them substantiate their ideas. Initially, writers used these sources to help generate ideas, but later they also used them as evidence in their essays. Notice, however, that as these writers use their sources, they do so without subordinating their own ideas to those sources.

In each of these essays, student writers are trying to answer difficult, complex questions they have posed for themselves and for their readers. As you read, look for the questions and the ideas that attend them. Those questions and ideas may be implicit, so you will have to be attendant to nuance and to the essayist's play of mind.

As you sort out for yourselves just what you think each essayist is doing and has to say, try also to be attentive to the particular way the idea is developed. How is the writer creating meaning? Using texts? Reflecting? Weaving sources to create a whole?

We hope you will discover features in these essays that you might want to use in your own -- writing techniques, modes of expression, ways of thinking and imagining. We hope, too, that you will find that your predecessors have illuminated the pathway, making your going just a bit easier and, perhaps, more exciting.

Directors, Expository Writing Program

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Each semester, EWP invites students to submit essays for possible inclusion in Mercer Street. To submit your essay, download and complete the following application and follow its instructions.


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