Foundations for Writing

SCSU Site for English 191

July 15, 2020
by Judith Kilborn

Pitts commenting on Miranda’s process of writing “My Shot”

This is a great clip for creators (any art form) and for those who like understanding the thought behind the art. Reminds me of what I constantly preach to my writing students: every word, comma and semicolon has to be intentional, has to serve a purpose.

— Leonard Pitts, Jr. (@LeonardPittsJr1) July 11, 2020

December 1, 2019
by Judith Kilborn

Threat against Ilhan Omar leads to Twitter Ban

In case you haven’t heard, here’s the lead of an November 30th article from NBC News:

Ilhan Omar’s opponent banned from Twitter after suggesting congresswoman should be hanged

“Violent rhetoric inevitably leads to violent threats, and ultimately, violent acts,” Omar said in response to the threatening tweets from Republican candidate Danielle Stella.

You can find the rest of the article at

November 20, 2019
by Judith Kilborn

Another real view of copyright

I think you know this example from COLL 110. Here’s the lead of Leonard Pitts’ open letter to Chris Cecil about his ongoing plagiarism of Pitts’ columns:

Dear Chris Cecil:

Here’s how you write a newspaper column. First, you find a topic that engages you. Then you spend a few hours banging your head against a computer screen until what you’ve written there no longer makes you want to hurl.

Or, you could just wait till somebody else writes a column and steal it. That’s what you’ve been doing on a regular basis.

Before Tuesday, I had never heard of you or the Daily Tribune News, in Cartersville, Ga., where you are associate managing editor. Then one of my readers, God bless her, sent me an e-mail noting the similarities between a column of mine and one you had purportedly written. (

If you don’t know Pitts’ writing, he’s a syndicated columnist for The Miami Herald, and his columns show up in The St. Cloud Times. He often focuses on issues concerning race, immigration, hate crimes, politics, and so on. He’s also on Twitter (@LeonardPittsJr1) and has a delightful, warm voice there.

September 21, 2019
by Judith Kilborn

Greta Thunberg on climate change in various venues

An initial image from outside the Swedish Parliament in August 2018

And an initial video posted to Thunberg’s Twitter feed that month

Testifying to Congress on September 18, 2019

In a video released by

Speaking in Battery Park, New York at the beginning of the Climate Strike on September 20, 2019

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