Professional Literacies Project Fall 2014 — Camille Easton

Writing Zen: Do Yoga Instructors Really Have to Write, Too?

Community Business Owner, Yoga Instructor, and Registered Nurse Camille Easton joins Instructor Beth Chandler’s class of Inquiry into Composition students to snack on some healthy snacks and talk about her everyday writing practices. Students find out that “Yes!” teaching yoga and nursing does involve writing and in very different and interesting ways.

Clip 1: “I’m just a real person who started a business” (0:57)

A student asks, “What styles of writing do you do in your business?” Find out how communication and reception are key from a “real person” out in our local community.

Clip 2: “A leap of faith” (0:44)

“What was the first step of starting your own business?” one student asks. Do you think writing or representation was involved? How so?

Clip 3: “Walk through the barriers” (1:53)

Starting up a business can be challenging. What do you think is the biggest obstacle? The composition or the composer?

Clip 4: “Inward transformation…on your mind” (1:03)

“What was the outreach section of your website?” Students ask about community involvement. Click here to participate!

Clip 5: “Rock the Twitter” (2:35)

“How did you make your business known?” Find out how advertising involves not only several different genres, but also multiple activity systems.  How many genre and activities do you count?

Clip 6: “Remediating Practices and the Process of Writing the Self” (1:29)

“Where do you see your business in five to ten years?” one student inquires and comes to learn through Camille’s personal narrative how representation truly changes and evolves.  This is a story of traveling genres and growth.  “Everything,” Camille Easton says, “has stages.”

Clip 7: “The big thing is…” (1:09)

Instructor Beth Chandler asks, “In starting a business in Uptown Normal, were there certain requirements that you had to meet, certain documentation that was needed? What was that process like?” Find out how CULTURE can overtake and trump GENRE!  Now that’s CHAT!

Clip 8: Writing and Reception Matter! (2:02)

One student questions, “Out of the writing that you have to do, what would you say is your favorite?” The topic of “favorite writing” leads the conversation into the concept of “reception” as a “human to human connection,” and how this connection inspires revision when looking at your own writing through someone else’s point of view. “If you want to ask me again,” Camille laughs, “you can.” Indeed, writing isn’t an isolated practice that one just does; it’s interpersonal and carries major meaning!

Clip 9: Understanding Conventions Is Understanding Reception and Trajectory (2:06)

“What is the difference between posting on Facebook as a Yoga Instructor and writing as a Nurse?” Camille demonstrates how one genre’s convention is NOT another genre’s convention. In fact, not following the conventions of certain genres can land you right in court! Taking us from the fluid inspirations of “come jump in the slow flow river the water is good” to the rigid documentation where there’s “no room at all to insert your opinion,” this clip is legit!

Clip 10: Transferring Genre Knowledge: Writers Helping Writers! (2:28)

Understanding Conventions Is Understanding Reception and Trajectory as a “Helpful” Activity System. Talking more about documentation genres, Camille Easton reveals how the nursing practice is also a writing practice and where the most effective practices are not only learned, but also shared among writers. Camille Easton’s best received advice, “Always follow up a negative with a positive.”

Clip 11: Genre Jargon Uptake: “Formal Training versus Learning On-The-Job” (1:06)

“Do nurses go through training to learn how to write charts or is it something that you have to pick up as you go?” Even in genres that require the most objective of writing practices, there are still differences, proving how we take up writing standards and guidelines varies not only from individual to individual, but also by the tools and writing situations in which we apply them.

Clip 12: Personal Reflection in Practice: “You guys should keep on going” (1:41)

Finding out the best direction for you in college and in life is finding out more about who you are and the opportunities that you may have in front of you. Reflection on individual life experiences helps us to rewrite ourselves.