First time creating a writing portfolio? Don't just throw pieces together! The best portfolios are more than just a compilation; it is an organic means of presenting your best and most creative ideas to a potential college. Composing the portfolio can even be a fun and lively activity! Here are some tips to help get you started.
Showcase your Best Work
Writing portfolios should include your best work. Even if you got an “A” on a paper, it should not necessarily be included in the portfolio, if the paper does not stand out or offer a different literary insight or point of view. A writing portfolio is not just a collection of your well-graded compositions, best writing assignments, honors class projects or Advanced Placement (AP) literature sample essays.
Your portfolio’s contents should be unique and original. Your writing portfolio should illustrate your industrious, creative, and innovative written expressions.
Create a Cohesive Theme
Your writing portfolio should be cohesive. The pieces you choose to include should be connected in some way. It cannot be a mishmash of writing, no matter how good each individual piece may be.
Before my students begin to compile the materials for their writing portfolio, I have them work on a theme or central unifying thought. While this step may seem amazingly simple, it often takes time for students to think through their purposes for writing, or including a piece of poetry, prose, etc.
Include Published or Awarded Work
If you have been published or won any writing contests, these items should be included in your writing portfolio. You should identify such items as award winning or peer-reviewed, if applicable. You should not be shy or humble.
If your writing has received any kind of recognition, include the piece, and describe the award, and, if necessary, the types of writers you competed against. The assumption is, of course, contest writing and publishable material is your best writing. Blogs, if they are well-written can also be included in your portfolio.
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Prof. Cheryl is a professor, author and homeschooling mom and the developer of the Young Author and College Prep Writing classes where through rigor , practice and targeted skill building, students develop their collegiate and creative writing skills. Visit www.Learn4college.com