What is informal writing? Why do we write it? What's it often used for?
Informal Writing is usually used in the classroom to help you to learn through the process of consistent and varied forms of writing. Informal writing assignments often include: essays, book reviews, freewriting, journal writing, course evaluations, etc.
Informal Writing is used to engage all students, whether it is in a large or small class. In short form, such assignments often are not weighed very heavily in grading, and are meant as a way for you to explore ideas. You will often be asked to expand upon what you have already written in these shorter bits of informal writing for a larger essay at the end of the course (or several times during the course).