Okay, so as I attempted to compose jazz this semester, I kept a notebook which I filled with over 100 pages of dated journal entries. In them, I mostly ramble about jazz, the universe, and everything, with plenty of updates about how my work is progressing (or not). It's also something of a scrapbook, with many drafts of the pieces I was working on.
Now I'm going back over the journal entries with the crucial benefit of hindsight, and although sometimes they make me cringe, it's giving me new insight into what my compositional process was, and how and why the pieces I wrote turned out the way they did, and I'm going through and annotating and highlighting the journal, in preparation for the twelve-page paper I need to write about what I did this semester (the last paper I'll have to write at Grinnell, due in a week). So, I have writing (the journal), and I have writing about writing (the annotation), and I have writing about the journal and the annotation together (the paper).
Conclusion: They don't let you leave this school without using the term "meta-narrative" in a paper. It's just not possible.