Writing

Writing is a medium of human communication that represents language and emotion with signs and symbols. In most languages, writing is a complement to speech or spoken language. Writing is not a language, but a tool used to make languages be read. Within a language system, writing relies on many of the same structures as speech, such as vocabulary, grammar, and semantics, with the added dependency of a system of signs or symbols. The result of writing is called text, and the recipient of text is called a reader. Motivations for writing include publication, storytelling, correspondence, record keeping and diary. Writing has been instrumental in keeping history, maintaining culture, dissemination of knowledge through the media and the formation of legal systems.

As human societies emerged, the development of writing was driven by pragmatic exigencies such as exchanging information, maintaining financial accounts, codifying laws and recording history. Around the 4th millennium BC, the complexity of trade and administration in Mesopotamia outgrew human memory, and writing became a more dependable method of recording and presenting transactions in a permanent form. In both ancient Egypt and Mesoamerica, writing may have evolved through calendric and a political necessity for recording historical and environmental events.

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Scholarships for Writing Majors

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Claiborne-Woodward Scholarship in Language and Literature

Austin Peay State University

Up to $767 March 01, 2020 See Details

Claiborne-Woodward Scholarship in Language and Literature

Austin Peay State University

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Up to $767

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March 01, 2020
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Francisco "Frank" Maestas Memorial Scholarship

New Mexico Highlands University

$500 February 15, 2020 See Details

Francisco "Frank" Maestas Memorial Scholarship

New Mexico Highlands University

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$500

deadline

February 15, 2020
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Karen Hanson Memorial Scholarship

Virtuous Prom

$350 November 30, 2019 See Details

Karen Hanson Memorial Scholarship

Virtuous Prom

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$350

deadline

November 30, 2019
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Coronat Scholars Program

Syracuse University

100% of tuition Varies See Details

Coronat Scholars Program

Syracuse University

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100% of tuition

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Donna Hansen Memorial Scholarship

University of Wisconsin, La Crosse

Varies January 15, 2020 See Details

Donna Hansen Memorial Scholarship

University of Wisconsin, La Crosse

award

Varies

deadline

January 15, 2020
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