A Community of Writers: A Workshop Course in Writing

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This groundbreaking rhetoric/reader is known for its practical, workshop approach. Addressing students as writers, A COMMUNITY OF WRITERS features numerous writing activities and assignments that challenge students to develop their skills by writing often, by exploring their writing processes, and by sharing their writing with others. The third edition features a new design and incorporates expanded treatment of argumentation and research, in-depth coverage of the Internet (including a mini-workshop on composing ...
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Overview

This groundbreaking rhetoric/reader is known for its practical, workshop approach. Addressing students as writers, A COMMUNITY OF WRITERS features numerous writing activities and assignments that challenge students to develop their skills by writing often, by exploring their writing processes, and by sharing their writing with others. The third edition features a new design and incorporates expanded treatment of argumentation and research, in-depth coverage of the Internet (including a mini-workshop on composing a web page) and computer-based writing, coverage of visual literacy, more material on drafting, and a variety of new student and professional essays.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394354880
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1989

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 fromNew York University and continues to teach and publish in this area, too.

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Table of Contents

Workshops

Part I: Ways of Writing

Workshop 1: An Introduction to the Variety of Writing Processes

Workshop 2: From Private to Public Writing

Workshop 3: Collaborative Writing: Dialogue, Loop Writing, and the Collage

Workshop 4: Getting Experience into Words: Image and Story

Workshop 5: Voice

Workshop 6: Drafting and Revising

Workshop 7: Revision through Purpose and Audience: Writing as Doing Things to People

Workshop 8: Writing in the World: An Interview about Writing

Part II: Kinds of Writing

Workshop 9: The Essay

Workshop 10: Persuasion

Workshop 11: Argument

Workshop 12: Research

Workshop 13: Interpretation as Response: Reading as the Creation of Meaning

Workshop 14: Text Analysis through Examining Figurative Language

Workshop 15: Listening, Reading, and Writing in the Disciplines

Workshop 16: Autobiography and Portfolio

Mini-Workshops

Part I: More on Writing and Research

Mini-Workshop A: Writing Skills Questionnaire

Mini-Workshop B: Double-Entry or Dialectical Notebooks

Mini-Workshop C: The Difference between Grammatical Correctness and a Formal, Impersonal Voice

Mini-Workshop D: Midterm and End-Term Responses to a Writing Course

Mini-Workshop E: Writing under Pressure: Midterms, Finals, and Other In-Class Writing

Mini-Workshop F: Doing Research on the Web

Part III: Editing

Mini-Workshop G: The Sentence and End-Stop Punctuation

Mini-Workshop H: Commas

Mini-Workshop I: Apostrophes

Mini-Workshop J: Quotation andthe Punctuation of Reported Speech

Mini-Workshop K: Spelling

Mini-Workshop L: Copyediting and Proofreading

SHARING AND RESPONDING

Cover Letter

Summary of Kinds of Responses

Procedures for Giving and Receiving Responses

Full Explanations of Kinds of Responses -- with Samples

Final Word: Taking Charge of the Feedback Process by Choosing among these Techniques

Sample Essays

Works Cited

Acknowledgments

Index
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