Essay submissions are from the first essay that freshmen students write in Composition I. The essays are written based on a unit taught alongside Writing Today and the summer reader "This I Believe" (essay selections from NPR).
7 Sep 2010 In 201o,This I Believe was selected as the Undergraduate Common Reading Book. Building off this collection of short essays we asked
The program highlights inspiring statements of belief from both famous and ordinary people.
In a 2 page essay, write your statement of personal and professional belief in response to “What motivates you, what’s your passion, what do you believe?” Share what you value and what’s important to you in regards to your profession, your industry, your career, or your education.
This is challenging!
I resign myself to you also--I guess what you mean,
I behold from the beach your crooked fingers,
I believe you refuse to go back without feeling of me,
We must have a turn together, I undress, hurry me out of sight of the land,
Cushion me soft, rock me in billowy drowse,
Dash me with amorous wet, I can repay you.
I believe in those wing'd purposes,
And acknowledge red, yellow, white, playing within me,
And consider green and violet and the tufted crown intentional,
And do not call the tortoise unworthy because she is not something else,
And the in the woods never studied the gamut, yet trills pretty well to me,
And the look of the bay mare shames silliness out of me.
When you write or record an audio program, you hold the copyright. If you are willing to sell off all, or many, of the rights to that piece, that’s your choice. Rather than worry about being ripped off by NPR’s “This I Believe” program, may I suggest you agree to their terms and just write different essays for different markets.
...this book is the further extension of an idea that hasalready exploded into the most widely listened to radio program inthe world. That idea is simple. It is that men and women will livehappier and richer lives if they deliberately decide what they wantfrom life — what they want in material things and the relativeimportance of moral and spiritual things. You, like most people,undoubtedly have certain rules by which you run your life. But,again like most people, you've probably never tried to formulatethem, even to yourself. That's where the men and women in this bookdiffer from you. They have at least tried to do so. They have"looked in their hearts and written," humbly and hesitantly, uponthe invitation of the distinguished radio and television newsanalyst, Edward R. Murrow. "After all," says he, "the only way ofdiscovering what people believe is to ask them." What thesethoughtful people, in all walks of life, have written is here foryou to read and ponder, and perhaps to emulate — in thiscollection of the 100 of the best of the personal philosophies oflife which Mr. Murrow has discovered among the many hundredscontributed to This I Believe - on the air and innewspapers.
1. Per your comments and those above on “This I Believe,” Ive had two friends (former journalists) contribute essays, have them held up for over a year, then used by NPR, but not notified when they were. They found out from others who heard them.
For example, if you strongly believe that reading cartoons is good, or bad, I’m pretty sure you could talk about that topic for an hour! So, let NPR have their 2 minutes, while you go on and do 29 other similar-but-different segments on the same topic for other outlets like .
In short, before expending a lot of energy on writing a “This I Believe” essay, authors and other folks might consider finding writing outlets which treat their efforts with more decency and where the odds of getting the money and publicity they want are significantly better than 10,000 to one.
In 1952 published This IBelieve: Written for, and with a foreword by Edward R. Murrowand edited by Edward P. Morgan. Its cover stated that it contained:...the personal philosophies of one hundred thoughtful men andwomen. Its sales were only exceeded by the .
This I Believe is a weekly radio series that beganairing April 2005 in the United States on produced by and . It isindependently produced by Dan Gediman and Jay Allison for thenon-profit organization This I Believe, Inc. The series invitesindividuals to write short essays about the core beliefs that guidetheir daily life. NPR airs these personal statements each Monday ontheir newsmagazine programs , and . On the February 16episode, Allison announced that "our series will be finishing itsfour-year run in April." True to his word, the series concluded onSunday, April 26, 2009. However, the series continues in digitalform at .