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.
"All of Don's books, and especially A WRITER TEACHES WRITING, are inspiring encounters with the man who has influenced generations of writing teachers."
"I have taught and mentored hundreds of teachers in a multitude of contexts since I first picked up A WRITER TEACHES WRITING. And they, in turn, have been introduced in some way, to some thing, that Don Murray has crafted for the field. No matter where we have been or where we go from here--pre-process to post-process and beyond--Don Murray's voice will echo throughout our pedagogical and theoretical conversations."
"Donald Murray's great contribution to Composition Studies lies in the powerful simplicity of the idea that is at the center of his work: to teach writing effectively we should understand how writers write. The title of this important book is especially apt, for Murray has always seen himself as a writer as well as a teacher. He helped many of us see ourselves as writers as well, and he taught us to see our students as writers, too."
"Don Murray's A WRITER TEACHES WRITING is to the writing process movement what Walden is to the American Renaissance - part manifesto, part how-to manual, part field guide. Even decades after its first publication, it still remains as wise, comprehensive, and daring as any book I've ever read on writing instruction."
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?