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Writer Teaches Writingby Donald M. Murray
Synopses & Reviews
A landmark text on the teaching of writing, Donald M. Murray's A WRITER TEACHES WRITING has had a profound influence on composition theory and practice.
Book News Annotation:
Written for new writing teachers, this work describes the process approach to teaching writing, with chapters on drafting and editing, assignments and activities, the response theory of teaching, conference and workshop teaching, and solutions to common writing and teaching problems. This is a revised version of a second edition which was published in 1984. The author is affiliated with the University of New Hampshire. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 252-259) and index.
About the Author
Donald M. Murray was a Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire where he inaugurated a journalism program, helped establish a graduate program in Composition Studies, and served as director of Freshman English and English Department chairperson. He twice won awards for his teaching and was awarded honorary doctoral degrees by the University of New Hampshire in 1990, Fitchburg State College in 1992, and New Hampshire College in 1997. As a journalist, Murray won a number of awards including the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in the _Boston Herald_ in 1954. He was an editor of _Time_ and has served as writing coach for several newspapers, including the _Boston Globe_ and the _Providence Journal_. In 1991 Boston magazine and in 1996 _Improper Bostonian_ magazine selected him best columnist in Boston. In 1997 the University of New Hampshire opened the Donald M. Murray Journalism Library. He received recognition for Lifetime Achievement during the New Hampshire Literary Awards in 2001. In 2003 _Writing on the Edge_ established the Donald M. Murray Prize. This award is given to the author of the best work of creative nonfiction on the subject of writing published the previous year.
Table of Contents
1. LEARNING TO ALLOW LEARNING. Assumptions. 2. CULTIVATING SURPRISE: THE PROCESS THEORY OF WRITING. Writing for Discovery. A Model of the Writing Process. Collect. Plan. 3. DRAFTING, REVISING, AND EDITING. Develop. Repeat to Revise. Edit to Publish. Putting the Process to Work. 4. THE FIRST HOUR OF THE FIRST DAY. 5. INVITING WRITING: ASSIGNMENTS AND DEMONSTRATIONS. Inviting Surprise. The Syllabus. Writing Assignments. Presentations. Discussions. Demonstrations. 6. INVITING WRITING: ACTIVITIES AND ENVIRONMENTS. Activities. Making a Writing Text Inviting. Making an Anthology Inviting. Creating an Inviting Environment. The Teacher Who Invites Writing. 7. RESPONDING TO SURPRISE: THE RESPONSE THEORY OF TEACHING. The Challenge of Diversity. Taking Advantage of Diversity. The Response Theory of Teaching. The Terminal Response: The Grade. Responsive Teaching in Practice. 8. CONFERENCE TEACHING: THE INDIVIDUAL RESPONSE. The Conference Pattern. Conference Techniques. Conference Skills. Conference Problems and Solutions. 9. WORKSHOP TEACHING: THE GROUP RESPONSE. Reading Writing in Process. Writing to Readers. Publication. The Workshop Pattern. The Small Workshop. Class Workshops. 10. SOLUTIONS TO COMMON WRITING AND TEACHING PROBLEMS. Problem Writers. Writing Problems. Teaching Problems. 11. ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS YOU MAY ASK YOURSELF. 12. ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS OTHERS MAY ASK YOU. 13. WHY SHOULD I TEACH WRITING?
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