Welcome To My ePortfolio!

Hello! My name is Jordan Korn, and welcome to my electronic writing portfolio.  As a Junior studying in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan, I have done a wide variety of writing over the past few years.  However, it was not until I took the Writing 220 course this semester that I really began to appreciate the major role that writing has played in both my personal and intellectual development.

It was also not until this semester that I realized how much I actually love writing.  Writing is the ultimate form of creative expression.  I write to learn more about myself.  I write to discover new truths about the world.  I write because I enjoy the confidence I feel as my ideas spill out onto the page.  I even write to find my own voice when my mouth can’t seem to find the right words.  Writing allows me to take risks, step out of my comfort zone, and be whoever I want to be.

Outside of academics, writing is still a large part of my life.  In the increasingly digital world that we live in, learning how to adapt and write in countless new media formats has become absolutely crucial.  It seems that almost every day there is a new media platform being developed.  And if you look at what all of these new media forms and platforms have in common – it is writing.  Writing is now everywhere – all the time.  No matter where I am, I am writing.  On my phone, on my computer, on blogs, and on social media sites.  And this is not the traditional type of writing we are used to.  No, new media writing is a whole new world.  New media writing is all about real time.  What is happening right now?  Writing is fast, immediate, exciting, and most importantly – concise.  Twitter posts are 140 characters or less.  How do you possibly express what you’re feeling with so few words? But this is the beauty of new media writing.  It is teaching us the value of words and forcing us to get to the point and say what we mean.  We are learning to expand our creativity and use new media writing to express ourselves and create arguments in exciting and unique ways.

When I am not expressing myself through some form of writing, you will most likely find me in the kitchen.  As you may be able to tell from the theme of my website already, I absolutely love to cook.  As I thought long and hard about the best way to convey my writing and myself through this ePortfolio – it suddenly hit me – cooking, of course.  Food is my passion.  Just as I said about writing, cooking is my escape.  It is the most therapeutic form of creative expression that allows me to experiment, take risks, and discover delicious new flavors and combinations.  As I thought about this more, I discovered that writing and cooking actually have a lot of similarities.  One of my favorite things about cooking is that I can create something so delicious, and sometimes magical, out of absolutely nothing.  You have the world and its endless possibilities at your fingertips.  When I am writing, words become my ingredients.  It is up to me to step out of my comfort zone to find the perfect combinations to create the exact flavors that I want.  After I finish a piece of writing, I have the same feeling I do when I finish a dish.  To be able to look at my finished product and say, “I created that”, is a very special feeling.

When I am cooking, I first come up with my recipe.  I begin by writing all of my ingredient ideas down on on paper. Sometimes I look at it afterwords, and say “what was I thinking?” But that’s okay! The beauty of cooking is, you’re allowed to mess up. In fact, you’re supposed to! The first batch is never delicious.  It can take several tries before you even create something edible.  But as you try new things and learn a little bit from your mistakes each time, the final product tastes absolutely delicious.  This same system applies to how I write.  I start by getting all of my ideas down on paper (a “shitty first draft,” if you will) no matter how ridiculous they sound.  It may take ten drafts of writing before I produce anything even remotely readable.  But as I try out new ideas, take more risks, re-evaluate, critique, and revise my work, I can eventually create something that I am proud to call my own.

Since writing and cooking are both such important parts of my life, I have decided to use this ePortfolio to give you a taste of  why they are so important to me.  On the menu above, I invite you to click through each of the courses to explore my work.  Under the “About The Chef” tab, you can find out a little bit more about me.  Under “Recipes” you will find some deeper explanations as to why I write, as well as some of the pre-writing work for my Writing 220 assignments this year.  Under “The Main Course”, you will have the chance to explore my main assignment from the course through the creative re-purposing and re-mediation of a restaurant review that I wrote. Under “Side Dishes” you will find examples of my writing from all different academic courses at the University of Michigan.  And finally, under “Dessert” you will find a link to my contributions to the writing in minor blog as well as my resume.

Bon Appétit!