Writing With Power

Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process

Author: Peter Elbow

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199741045

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 416

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A classic handbook for anyone who needs to write, Writing With Power speaks to everyone who has wrestled with words while seeking to gain power with them. Here, Peter Elbow emphasizes that the essential activities underlying good writing and the essential exercises promoting it are really not difficult at all. Employing a cookbook approach, Elbow provides the reader (and writer) with various recipes: for getting words down on paper, for revising, for dealing with an audience, for getting feedback on a piece of writing, and still other recipes for approaching the mystery of power in writing. In a new introduction, he offers his reflections on the original edition, discusses the responses from people who have followed his techniques, how his methods may differ from other processes, and how his original topics are still pertinent to today's writer. By taking risks and embracing mistakes, Elbow hopes the writer may somehow find a hold on the creative process and be able to heighten two mentalities--the production of writing and the revision of it. From students and teachers to novelists and poets, Writing with Power reminds us that we can celebrate the uses of mystery, chaos, nonplanning, and magic, while achieving analysis, conscious control, explicitness, and care in whatever it is we set down on paper.

Writing without Teachers

Author: Peter Elbow

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199766369

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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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.

Vernacular Eloquence

What Speech Can Bring to Writing

Author: Peter Elbow

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 0199782504

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 442

View: 2442

A writing guide for the twenty-first century, Vernacular Eloquence explores how the variety of ways the spoken word can enhance the written word, drawing on examples from blogs, email, and other recent trends.

Embracing contraries

explorations in learning and teaching

Author: Peter Elbow

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: Education

Page: 314

View: 3908

Proposes a philosophy of education based on the theory that intellectual inquiry can be enhanced by inviting indecision, incoherence, and paradoxical thinking

Sharing and Responding

Author: Peter Elbow,Pat Belanoff

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages

ISBN: 9780073031798

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 53

View: 8007

This brief guide continues to help foster a productive environment for group work. The activities in SHARING AND RESPONDING move from nonjudgmental kinds of responding to full criticism to help build students’ confidence and trust. It concludes with a summary of ways of responding and suggestions on how and when they are most useful.

Grammar for the Soul

Using Language for Personal Change

Author: Lawrence A Weinstein

Publisher: Quest Books

ISBN: 083563051X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 168

View: 4279

In this wise and charming book, Lawrence Weinstein explores how self-expression reveals the psyche and how changing language can change lives. In chapters like “Tolerating Ambiguity” and “Getting Out of One’s Own Way,” he describes how the proper use of an element of punctuation or syntax, even the simple reversal of an object and subject, can help one become a whole human being. Clear examples, amusing anecdotes, and telling quotes support Weinstein's technique for teaching self-improvement through improved grammar.

Post-process Theory

Beyond the Writing-process Paradigm

Author: Thomas Kent

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 9780809322442

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 248

View: 1593

Breaking with the still-dominant process tradition in composition studies, post-process theory?or at least the different incarnations of post-process theory discussed by the contributors represented in this collection of original essays?endorses the fundamental idea that no codifiable or generalizable writing process exists or could exist. Post-process theorists hold that the practice of writing cannot be captured by a generalized process or a "big" theory. Most post-process theorists hold three assumptions about the act of writing: writing is public; writing is interpretive; and writing is situated. The first assumption is the commonsensical claim that writing constitutes a public interchange. By "interpretive act," post-process theorists generally mean something as broad as "making sense of" and not exclusively the ability to move from one code to another. To interpret means more than merely to paraphrase; it means to enter into a relationship of understanding with other language users. And finally, because writing is a public act that requires interpretive interaction with others, writers always write from some position or some place. Writers are never nowhere; they are "situated." Leading theorists and widely published scholars in the field, contributors are Nancy Blyler, John Clifford, Barbara Couture, Nancy C. DeJoy, Sidney I. Dobrin, Elizabeth Ervin, Helen Ewald, David Foster, Debra Journet, Thomas Kent, Gary A. Olson, Joseph Petraglia, George Pullman, David Russell, and John Schilb.

Breathing the Page

Reading the Act of Writing

Author: Betsy Warland

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781897151785

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 179

View: 3314

A written work is more than just letters on a page---it is a complex web of relationships. Some, like the relationship between words and phrases, or story and plot, are obvious. Others, such as the way writers interact with their physical tools, or how storytellers convey meaning to an audience, are less apparent. But to write well, one must recognize, understand, and be guided by all of these relationships. In Breathing the Page: Reading the Act of Writing, Betsy Warland takes you on her quest to articulate the powerful forces beneath the language of craft. In this collection of essays, Warland reveals that it is the manner in which we encounter these forces that makes, or breaks, every piece of writing. Her topics range from the environment one chooses to write in, to the tools on which we depend, to the way we subconsciously structure our anecdotes. A holistic guide for all those passionately involved in the production and flourishing of our literature, Warland's essays have invigorated writers and readers alike.

How to Write Themes and Essays

Author: John McCall

Publisher: Peterson Nelnet Company

ISBN: 9780768909234

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 111

View: 1214

DESCRIPTION: All the essential techniques for writing effective themes and essays, plus 36 sample themes with full analysis. BENEFITS:

A Passion for Narrative

A Guide for Writing Fiction

Author: Jack Hodgins

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart Limited

ISBN: 0771041985

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 318

View: 2110

This book is not intended to persuade you to take up writing novels or short stories – “It’s going to be a lot of work,” Jack Hodgins warns. Nor will it tell you how to market your stories. But it will take you through the problems facing any fiction writer and show you how some of the best writers in English have solved them. The chapters are clear and comprehensive: Finding Your Own Stories; One Good Sentence After Another – on the skills of writing well; Setting; Character – how to make your characters come alive; Plot; Structure – “The Architecture of Story”; Point of View and Voice; Metaphors, Symbols and Allusions; Revising – an all-important chapter that also deals with the impact of writing on a computer; The Story of a Story – where Jack Hodgins talks of his own experience with one of his most famous stories; and the final chapter, And Now What? – Creating Your Own Workshop, which builds on the fact that every chapter in the book contains writing exercises to help you work away at home at “the mysterious business of writing fiction.” As an award-winning novelist and short-story writer Jack Hodgins is uniquely qualified to preach what he practises. As a trained teacher, he has been giving creative lessons for thirty years, at high schools and universities and to writers’ summer schools. In recent years his creative writing courses at the University of Victoria have become discreetly famous. Now, anyone who buys this book can share in the experience of learning fiction-writing from a master. With its scores of examples of first-class writing this lively, truly fascinating book will almost certainly make you be atter writer; it is guaranteed to make you a better reader.


learning to write with writers

Author: Donald Morison Murray

Publisher: Boynton/Cook Pub


Category: Education

Page: 207

View: 9642

This book is reassuring, inspirational, interesting, and humorousto read. - Language ArtsBoth practicing and would-be writers are endlessly fascinated by what other writers have to say about the demands of their craft and their own methods of writing. In Shoptalk, Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Murray has collected quotations from over 450 classic and contemporary writers that reveal the myriad stages writers pass through to completion of a work. But this is more than a book of quotations; Murray has organized the writers' testimony into sixteen thematic categories and provided introductory essays that offer his own point of view and experiences to give direction and framework to the collection.

Plain Language in Plain English

Author: Cheryl Stephens

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0557537878

Category: Education

Page: 208

View: 3534

This book shows you how to write for customers and clients in language that’s easy to understand. It is a thorough companion to the writing process, with comprehensive guidance and advice on understanding your readers, planning and creating your text, and presenting your words in a good design.The contributor list reads like a who’s who of plain language experts. Plain Language in Plain English is a valuable resource for governments, businesses, service providers, and professionals in any field to improve their communication.From organizational guidelines, literacy awareness, and reader expectations, to effective speaking strategies for presentations, Plain Language in Plain English, is a comprehensive tool to have in your “communication toolbox.â€

Writing Power

Engage Thinking Through Writing

Author: N.A

Publisher: Pembroke Publishers Limited

ISBN: 1551388278

Category: Composition (Language arts)

Page: 176

View: 6800


Accidental Genius

Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight, and Content

Author: Mark Levy

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

ISBN: 1605096512

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 192

View: 1458

NEW EDITION, REVISED AND UPDATED When it comes to creating ideas, we hold ourselves back. That’s because inside each of us is an internal editor whose job is to forever polish our thoughts so we sound smart and in control and so we fit into society. But what happens when we encounter problems where such conventional thinking fails us? How do we get unstuck? For Mark Levy, the answer is freewriting, a technique he’s used for years to solve all types of business problems and generate ideas for books, articles, and blog posts. Freewriting is deceptively simple: start writing as fast as you can, for as long as you can, about a subject you care deeply about, while ignoring the standard rules of grammar and spelling. Your internal editor won’t be able to keep up with your output—you’ll generate breakthrough ideas and solutions that you couldn’t have created any other way. Levy shares his six secrets to freewriting as well as fifteen problem-solving and creativity-stimulating principles you can use if you need more firepower—seven of which are new to this edition. Also new to this edition: an extensive section on how to refine your raw freewriting into something you can share with the world.

Everyone Can Write

Essays Toward a Hopeful Theory of Writing and Teaching Writing

Author: Peter Elbow

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0195104153

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 475

View: 4007

This collection of essays brings together Elbow's theories on teaching writing techniques with less emphasis on grammar. The volume includes sections on voice, the experience of writing, teaching, and evaluation.

Problem-solving Strategies for Writing

Author: Linda Flower

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P

ISBN: 9780155001701

Category: English language

Page: 331

View: 7493

A composition rhetoric with a strong process orientation. Flower's familiar cognitive approach is complemented in this edition by the new attention to the social factors that influence writers.

Writing-Based Teaching

Author: N.A

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438429088


Page: N.A

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The Handbook of Creative Writing

Author: Steven Earnshaw

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 074868977X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 496

View: 5915

In this new edition 54 chapters cover the central pillars of writing creatively: the theories behind the creativity, the techniques and writing as a commercial enterprise. With contributions from over 50 poets, novelists, dramatists, publishers, editors, tutors, critics and scholars, this is the essential guide to writing and getting published. DT A 3-in-1 text with outstanding breadth of coverage on the theories, the craft & the business of creative writing DT Includes practical advice on getting published & making money from your writing New for this edition: DT Chapters on popular topics such as 'self-publishing and the rise of the indie author', 'social media', 'flash fiction', 'song lyrics', 'creative-critical hybrids' and 'collaboration in the theatre' DT New and updated exercises to help you practice your writing DT Up-to-date information on teaching, copyright, writing for the web & earning a living as a writer DT Updated Glossary of Terms

Learning by Teaching

Selected Articles on Writing and Teaching

Author: Don Murray

Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books


Category: Education

Page: 184

View: 4618

Murray is one of the pioneers of a process approach to teaching writing, and this book brings together twenty-nine of the articles, some previously unpublished, he has written in the past fifteen years. His pieces are theoretically stimulating, but they are also practical and humane as he looks at writing and teaching from the perspective of a working writer and teacher.