Everyone Can Write

Everyone Can Write : Essays Toward a Hopeful Theory of Writing and Teaching Writing

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With Writing without Teachers (OUP 1975) and Writing with Power (OUP 1995) Peter Elbow revolutionized the teaching of writing. His process method-and its now commonplace "free writing" techniques-liberated generations of students and teachers from the emphasis on formal principles of grammar that had dominated composition pedagogy. This new collection of essays brings together the best of Elbow's writing since the publication of Embracing Contraries in 1987. The volume includes sections on voice, the experience of writing, teaching, and evaluation. Implicit throughout is Elbow's commitment to humanizing the profession, and his continued emphasis on the importance of binary thinking and nonadversarial argument. The result is a compendium of a master teacher's thought on the relation between good pedagogy and good writing; it is sure to be of interest to all professional teachers of writing, and will be a valuable book for use in composition courses at all levels.show more

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  • Hardback | 500 pages
  • 162.1 x 237.7 x 36.6mm | 993.37g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195104153
  • 9780195104158

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This volume belongs in the library of everyone who teaches or studies composition theory.... This collection,...drawn from three decades of musings and reflections, demands the attention of anyone seriously interested in teaching writing. * The Quarterly *show more

About Peter Elbow

Peter Elbow is Professor of English and Director of the writing program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 2001, he received the James R. Squire Award from the National Council of Teachers of English "for his transforming influence and lasting intellectual contribution to the English Profession."show more

Table of contents

Introduction ; Part I: Premises and Foundations ; 1. Illiteracy at Oxford and Harvard: Reflections on the Inability to Write ; 2. A Map of Writing in Terms of Audience and Response; The Uses of Binary Thinking ; Part II: The Generative Dimension ; 4. Freewriting and the Problem of Wheat and Tares ; 5. Closing My Eyes as I Speak: An Argument for Ignoring Audience ; 6. Toward a Phenomenology of Freewriting ; Part III: Speech, Writing, and Voice ; 7. The Shifting Relationships Between Speech and Writing ; 8. Voice in Literature ; 9. Silence: A Collage ; 10. What Is Voice in Writing? ; Part IV: Discourses ; 11. Reflections on Academic Discourse: How It Relates to Freshmen and Colleagues ; 12. In Defense of Private Writing ; 13. The War Between Reading and Writing - and How to End It ; 14. Your Cheatin' Art: A Collage ; Part V: Teaching ; 15. Inviting the Mother Tongue: Beyond "Mistakes", "Bad English," and Wrong Language" ; 16. High Stakes and Low Stakes in Assigning and Responding to Writing ; 16. High Stakes and Low Stakes in Assigning and Responding to Writing ; 17. Breathing Life into the Text ; 18. Using the Collage for Collaborative Writing ; 19. Getting Along Without Grades - and Getting Along With Them Too ; 20. Starting the Portfolio Experiment at SUNY Stony Brook Pat Belanoff, co-author ; 21. Writing an Assessment in the Twenty-First Century: A Utopian Viewshow more

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