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Being a Writer: A Community of Writers Revisited / Edition 1

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Overview

Being A Writer is a brief rhetoric that explores writing processes with an emphasis on their variety; invention, with an emphasis on its playfulness; revision as a technique of invention; collaboration as a means of revision; and personal engagement in academic writing, from literary analysis to argument.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072378733
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 8/19/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 344,468
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Elbow is Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Before writing A Community of

Writers, he wrote two other books about writing: Writing Without Teachers and Writing with Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process. He is author of a book of essays about learning and teaching: Embracing Contraries. He also wrote Oppositions in Chaucer, as well as numerous essays about writing and teaching. His most recent book, What Is English? explores current issues in the profession of English.

He has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Franconia College, Evergreen State College, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook—where for five years he directed the Writing Program. He served for four years on the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association and is now a member of the Executive Committee of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. He has given talks and workshops at many colleges and university. He attended Williams College and Harvard University and has an M.A. from Exeter College, Oxford University, and a Ph.D. from Brandeis University.

Pat Belanoff is Director of Writing Programs at the State University of New York-Stony Brook. She is president of the SUNY Council on Writing and a member of the College Steering Committee of NCTE. Pat is a co-author (with Besty Rorschach and Mia Oberlink) of The Right Handbook, now in its second edition. She has also co-edited (with Marcia Dickson) Portfolios: Process and Product and (with Peter Elbow and Sheryl Fontaine) Nothing Begins With an N: New Investigations of Freewriting. Pat has a degree in medieval literature from New York University and continues to teach and publish in this area, too.

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Table of Contents

Writing Questionnaire
WORKSHOPS
Part I Creativity and the Writing Process

1 Discovering Yourself as a Writer: An Introduction to the Variety of Writing Processes

2 Getting Experience into Words: Image and Story

3 Moving from Private Writing to Public Writing

4 Writing as Social and Collaborative: Dialogue, Loop Writing, and the Collage
Part II Revising

5 Drafting and Revising

6 Revision through Purpose and Audience

7 Exploring Voice
Part III Important Intellectual and Academic Tasks

8 Reading as the Creation of Meaning: Interpretation and Response

9 Persuading and Arguing

10 Interviewing as Research: How Writers Write

11 Researching

12 Reflecting on Your Writing: Portfolios
Sharing and Responding

Cover Letter

Summary of Kinds of Responses

Procedures for Giving and Receiving Responses

Full Explanations for Kinds of Responses – with Samples

Final Word: Taking Charge of the Feedback Process

Sample Essays

Appendix: Writing Under Pressure: Midterms, Finals, and Other In-Class Writing
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