Our “How I Write” series asks writers from the University of Louisville community and beyond to respond to five questions that provide insight into their writing processes and offer advice to other writers. Through this series, we promote the idea that learning to write is an ongoing, life-long process and that all writers, from first-year students to career professionals, benefit from discussing and collaborating on their work with thoughtful and respectful readers
Joey Wilkerson is a 2L at the Brandeis School of Law. He received his bachelors in English from the University of Louisville and his Masters in Communication from Bellarmine University. His goal is to work in criminal law and one day be a judge.
Joey is also the Program Coordinator Senior for the African American Male Initiative in the Cultural Center.
Current project: Asteroid Mining- The Environmental Cost
Currently reading: Problems in Criminal Law
What type(s) of writing do you regularly engage in?
These days, the bulk of my writing is dedicated to legal briefs and legal memos.
When/where/how do you write?
Typically I write either at home or in the office.
What are your writing necessities—tools, accessories, music, spaces?
Mac Book Air, bourbon, 90’s movies on TV.
What is your best tip for getting started and/or for revision?
Read your papers aloud. When you hear it verbally, you can catch a lot of mistakes.
What is the best writing advice you’ve received?
“If you’re gonna cite, you better do it right!”