Writing without Teachers / Edition 2

Writing without Teachers / Edition 2

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by Peter Elbow
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195120167

ISBN-13: 9780195120165

Pub. Date: 06/25/1998

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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.
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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195120165
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/25/1998
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
416,695
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition xi
1 FREEWRITING EXERCISES
3(10)
How freewriting exercises help
4(3)
Freewriting and garbage
7(2)
Keep a freewriting diary
9(1)
Using freewriting exercises for finding subjects to write about
9(1)
Producing a finished piece of writing
10(3)
2 THE PROCESS OF WRITING-GROWING
13(35)
Autobiographical digression
16(2)
It makes a difference in practice
18(4)
Growing
22(3)
Start writing and keep writing
25(5)
Chaos and disorientation
30(5)
Emerging center of gravity
35(3)
Editing
38(4)
Growing as a developmental process
42(6)
3 THE PROCESS OF WRITING-COOKING
48(28)
Cooking as interaction between people
49(1)
Cooking as interaction between ideas
50(1)
Cooking as interaction between words and ideas, between immersion and perspective
51(2)
Cooking as interaction between metaphors
53(1)
Cooking as interaction between genres and modes
54(1)
Cooking as interaction between you and symbols on paper
55(1)
Noncooking
56(4)
Desperation writing
60(4)
The goal is cooking
64(3)
Cooking and energy
67(2)
Goodness and badness
69(1)
Why the old, wrong model of writing persists
70(2)
Conclusion
72(4)
4 THE TEACHERLESS WRITING CLASS
76(41)
Setting up the class
78(7)
Giving movies of your mind
85(8)
Further advice to readers
93(8)
Advice to the writer on listening
101(5)
The class process
106(11)
5 THOUGHTS ON THE TEACHERLESS WRITING CLASS
117(30)
How I came to this approach
117(4)
Huh?
121(3)
Why the teacherless class helps make writing easier
124(3)
Why the teacherless class helps make writing better
127(6)
People learn from the truth, even though the truth is a mess
133(1)
The process of learning writing
134(2)
What about grammar?
136(3)
The yogurt model
139(1)
Subjective bullshit
140(1)
Multiple-choice diary
141(6)
Appendix Essay: THE DOUBTING GAME AND THE BELIEVING GAME-AN ANALYSIS OF THE INTELLECTUAL ENTERPRISE
147(46)
The monopoly of the doubting game
149(2)
The truth about meaning and words
151(7)
Short digression on the New Critics
158(1)
Why the doubting game doesn't work with assertions of meaning
159(3)
The believing muscle
162(4)
Meaning-making as gestalt-making
166(2)
The myth of the laboratory rat
168(1)
Believing and doubting as dialectics
169(5)
The two dialectics as games
174(2)
The believing game in action: fighting the itch for closure
176(2)
The two games as reinforcers of different character traits
178(3)
Fears of the believing game
181(6)
Speculations on the history of the believing game
187(3)
Conclusion: the interdependence of the two games
190(3)
Appendix: A COUPLE OF NOTES TO MYSELF 193(6)
WORKS CITED 199(2)
A FEW BOOKS TO HELP WITH CORRECT USAGE 201(4)
REMINDERS TO KEEP IN VIEW DURING A TEACHERLESS WRITING CLASS 205

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Writing without Teachers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.