Nothing Begins with N: New Investigations of Freewriting

Nothing Begins with N: New Investigations of Freewriting

by Pat Belanoff, Peter Elbow, Sheryl I Fontaine
     
 

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The 16 essays in this book provide a theoretical underpinning for freewriting.

Sheryl I. Fontaine opens the book with a description of the organization, purpose, and content of students’ 10-minute unfocused freewriting.

Pat Belanoff discusses the relationship between skilled and unskilled student writers.

Richard H. Haswell analyzes forms of freewriting

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The 16 essays in this book provide a theoretical underpinning for freewriting.

Sheryl I. Fontaine opens the book with a description of the organization, purpose, and content of students’ 10-minute unfocused freewriting.

Pat Belanoff discusses the relationship between skilled and unskilled student writers.

Richard H. Haswell analyzes forms of freewriting.

Lynn Hammond describes the focused freewriting strategies used in legal writing and in the analysis of poetry.

Joy Marsella and Thomas L. Hilgers suggest ways of teaching freewriting as a heuristic.

Diana George and Art Young show what teachers learned about the writing abilities of three engineering students through freewriting journals.

Anne E. Mullin seeks to determine whether freewriting lives up to claims made for it.

Barbara W. Cheshire assesses the efficacy of freewriting.

James W. Pennebaker checks the short- and long-term effects of freewriting on students’ emotional lives.

Ken Macrorie notes that freewriting means being freed to use certain powers.

Peter Elbow shows how authors use freewriting.

Robert Whitney tells "why I hate to freewrite."

Karen Ferro considers her own freewriting, showing how it leads to a deeper self-understanding.

Chris Anderson discusses the qualities in freewriting that we should maintain in revision.

Burton Hatlen shows the parallels between writing projective verse and freewriting.

Sheridan Blau describes the results of experiments with invisible writing.

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Booknews
To freewrite is to write without stopping or pausing, without reflection or correction. This volume provides a theoretical underpinning for this common compositional practice in 16 essays which include case studies, quantitative and qualitative research, teacher studies, autobiographical and historical explorations of theory, and one study from entirely outside the fields of composition and literature. Paper edition (unseen), $17.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809316588
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1991
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
327
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

Pat Belanoff is Director of the Writing Program at State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Peter Elbow is Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Sheryl I. Fontaine is Director of the English Resources Center at Claremont McKenna College.

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