Writing without Teachers

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In Writing Without Teachers, well-known advocate of innovative teaching methods Peter Elbow outlines a practical program for learning how to write. His approach is especially helpful to people who get "stuck" or blocked in their writing, and is equally useful for writing fiction, poetry, and essays, as well as reports, lectures, and memos.
The core of Elbow's thinking is a challenge against traditional writing methods. Instead of editing and outlining material in the initial ...
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Overview


In Writing Without Teachers, well-known advocate of innovative teaching methods Peter Elbow outlines a practical program for learning how to write. His approach is especially helpful to people who get "stuck" or blocked in their writing, and is equally useful for writing fiction, poetry, and essays, as well as reports, lectures, and memos.
The core of Elbow's thinking is a challenge against traditional writing methods. Instead of editing and outlining material in the initial steps of the writing process, Elbow celebrates non-stop or free uncensored writing, without editorial checkpoints first, followed much later by the editorial process. This approach turns the focus towards encouraging ways of developing confidence and inspiration through free writing, multiple drafts, diaries, and notes. Elbow guides the reader through his metaphor of writing as "cooking:" his term for heating up the creative process where the subconscious bubbles up to the surface and the writing gets good.
1998 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Writing Without Teachers. In this edition, Elbow reexamines his program and the subsequent influence his techniques have had on writers, students, and teachers. This invaluable guide will benefit anyone, whether in the classroom, boardroom, or living room, who has ever had trouble writing.

"A wise and witty analysis of the process of self-confrontation and growth through writing."

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Praise for the previous edition:
"A wise and witty analysis of the process of self-confrontation and growth through writing."--Harvard Educational Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195120165
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/25/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 294,791
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Elbow is Professor of English and Director of the writing program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition
1 Freewriting Exercises 3
2 The Process of Writing - Growing 3
3 The Process of Writing - Cooking 48
4 The Teacherless Writing Class 76
5 Thoughts on the Teacherless Writing Class 117
Appendix Essay The Doubting Game and the Believing Game - An Analysis of the Intellectual Enterprise 147
Appendix A Couple of Notes to Myself 193
Works Cited 199
A Few Books to Help with Correct Usage 201
Reminders to Keep in View During a Teacherless Writing Class 205
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2009

    Good book

    I bought this book for school and read as little as humanly possible. It is well written, though I strongly disagree with Elbow's writing strategy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2006

    Best Writing Book I've Read

    I read this book first in 1980. It was so revolutionary then. After studying writing feverishly in college, this book helped me back up, write more, and write more authentically. The result was great material I could then take where ever I wanted. If you've read the Artists Way--well this is the original 'daily pages'...Elbow calls it free writing. Less 12-step than Artists Way, more writing instruction.

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