• Explaining Relationships

    Explaining Relationships

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When you write about a relationship, think about the significance of a particular kind of relationship, or explain how a particular relationship is similar to something else, or how a relationship reveals something important about a subject. Pursue the discovery of the relationship you plan to write about as an adventure and a journey into unknown dimensions. Doing so will make it possible for you to "see the other whole against the sky."

Your Ideas Keep Evolving

The gurus discuss the importance of revising a thesis for clarity, focus, and placement.

Video Focus Point:

Look for answers to this question when watching the video:

  • Why is it important to revisit your thesis throughout the writing process?


I Don't Think It's Finished

A student writer’s group reviews Lakshmi's essay about the relationship between humans and germs, helping her with revisions to clarify the thesis and write a stronger conclusion.

Video Focus Points:

Look for answers to these questions when watching the video:

  • How do changes made after the peer review process improve Lakshmi's essay?
  • How does writing about relationships relate to Lakshmi's everyday life?
  • What are the advantages of participating in a peer review process?
  • What cautions do the student writers suggest for peer review?


Finding a New Truth

New insights are the results of inventive thinking. Expert writers share their thoughts on the importance of inventive writing about relationships as a means of “finding a new truth” for both the author and the reader.

Video Focus Points:

Look for answers to these questions when watching the video:

  • What does it mean to "write your way to a new idea?"
  • How do you break out of nonproductive ways of thinking?


Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.

—Rainer Maria Rilke