Autobiographies:

Welcome

My name is Matt Bruflodt. I am a teacher of first-year college Composition and Argument and Exposition. I have adopted a pedagogy that is ideology-based and works from the students' experience outward. I have found that many students don't know what they think about many current issues like global warming or Occupy Wall Street, so I begin, in Composition, with things that they do know about: hunting, fishing, car repair, babysitting, etc. And from there we begin to establish as value system identifying what is and what isn't important to them and why, always working under the notion that a lack of an opinion = lack of experience. So we then strive to gain experience by actively pursuing topics they know nothing about, but in which they are interested in learning.

In Argument and Exposition I take a step back, beginning with a broader look at arguments in the the world around us. I start with the premise that everything is an argument (the basis of my textbook Everything's an Argument by Andrea Lunsford), or, more specifically, every statement is imbued with some sort of ideology that always asking something of its reader/viewer. We discuss how to identify not only the argument, but also the ideology be hind it. From there the student is able to critique any argument, and subsequently make one of her own in response, because she is able to see different parts of the argument as statements articulating a particular world view.

Notes

Here, my tone is very formal and professional. It's a little showy, too, I think because I'm basically outlining my whole pedagogy, and that sort of gives this sense of desperation that you would get from the cover letter of a resume. Maybe not desperation so much, but a sense that I am asking something of my reader, even if it is as basic as please be impressed with me! My sentences are both simple and complex, active and declarative. Outside of my pedagogy, there is little information about myself--I was writing about myself as a teacher and in a way that necessarily translates to a discussion of pedagogy alone. Because what else am I going to say? I wear sweaters and tweed coats with leather elbow patches? I don't but you get my drift. This is a rejection of the personal for the professional.


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My girlfriend Hannah and I at Pablo Neruda's house, La Casa Negra, near Valparaiso, Chile.


¬°Bienvenido!

I am a writer and sometimes traveler. I write many things: essay, fiction, and poetry. I am currently working on my thesis, which is a travel narrative of my time spent in South America. I have not yet figured out how to make a living as a writer, however, and I am beginning to believe that the existence of such occupations is a fiction.

On the other hand, I have had a job that primarily involved writing. I worked for the Office of Communications and Marketing at Bemidji State University for several years, writing press releases to be sent to the hometown newspapers of students who had achieved something or another. The task was mind numbing. We were given a list of all the stories that had to go out--thousands and thousands--and you had to get them done within the academic year, because in the following year you received a new list.

This experience, though daunting, did teach me a very important thing about writing: writer's block is a myth. There are times when writing is easy and times when writing is hard. There are times when your writing is good and times when your writing is garbage. And garbage writing is better than no writing at all.

Notes

I approached this bio with a practical writer for hire type of goal. I relate my only experience writing for money. This is not bad--in relation to my goal of selling myself as a writer--because I have established the fact that I do write. And the fact I have little experience writing for money, only means that I am dedicated enough to do it without pay. My sentences are, for the most part, declarative. They are mostly simple but occasionally complex. I maintain an active voice, and occasionally address the reader directly.


Notes

Dr. Morgan: use this one for now.
Well, to begin with, this is very informal. Silly, really. I like it, but then humor is often my default setting. Humor and absurdity. I boarder on insulting in places, which I'm ok with. I am, in a sense, making the argument that autobiographies in general are a load a BS. Or rather, that they are arbitrary and trivial. All of my sentences are active, declarative, and simple.
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