What exactly is hybrid writing? Hybrid writing, by definition, does not want you to declare what it is. It jumps genre lines, slips out from beneath classifications, you think it's one thing, then it's another. It might be a mash-up of existing genres or something altogether new. The only rule is that it must be written well.
The best way I can describe hybrid writing is as if James Joyce had written poems about Virginia Woolf and Virginia Woolf had written novels about Pablo Picasso. Although there are clear connections between the lives of these two women, they were also great artists in their own right so any attempt to connect them would be speculative at best. Similarly, while it may be possible to make connections between different types of writing, it's not always easy - or necessary - because both fiction and non-fiction can be highly effective tools for expressing ideas and opinions.
Fiction writers often explore subject matter outside of their personal experience, which gives them freedom to invent characters, locations, and situations that help tell the story they need to tell. Non-fiction writers use facts and evidence to support an argument or point of view, which means they need to be consistent and accurate with their information. Some hybrid writers mix elements of both fiction and non-fiction, creating works that are simultaneously factual and imaginative.
A hybrid text is a single text that uses design features such as marginalia, text boxes, and small embedded pictures to creatively weave together narrative and informative text. Such texts are popular among students who like the flexibility of having different types of text in one document.
Examples of hybrid texts include comic books where each page is a panel with room for the reader to imagine the scene described in the narrative text portion above or below it; student essays where the margins provide space for notes on the text; and science fiction novels where part of the fun is figuring out what's going on in the narrative while reading about it in the scientific text.
The term "hybrid" also refers to the creation of objects that contain various kinds of text that have been carefully woven together. For example, a cartoonist might draw a picture with dialogue bubbles for each character in it. Or a writer might use endnotes or footnotes to indicate details about the history of a word or phrase or to suggest other readings on which to base understanding. Both the picture and the narrative inside the bubble would be considered hybrids.
In literary studies, the study of hybrids is called bifolio analysis.
DEFINITION OF INDEPENDENT WRITING Individual essays are written by students on self-selected themes within a field of study. The goal is to produce competent writers who can write for a range of purposes and audiences. Students are expected to become familiar with several published works in order to properly structure their own essays.
Students write individual essays as part of the writing process in college. These essays often address previously untapped aspects of a student's knowledge or experience, allowing them to develop skills that are important to successful writing. For example, an essay might explore a topic not covered by existing classes or materials. Or it might present information about a subject in which the student has little previous experience. The choice of topics and the freedom to pursue new ideas make these essays useful tools for developing creative thinking and communicating thoughts and opinions effectively.
An independent writing assignment may require a student to do any of the following:
• Select a topic that is relevant to his or her career goals or personal interests
• Research issues surrounding the topic thoroughly (using books and other sources)
• Develop a clear thesis statement regarding the topic
• Write extensively on the topic, including drafting and editing original pieces