Writing Without Teachers

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Oxford University Press, Jan 1, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 206 pages
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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.
  

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User Review  - Mary Anne - Goodreads

I guess I just didn't really get the significance of this book. It might be because I'm a writing instructor. I think a lot of his strategies are useful, but I felt more connection with Writing With Power. But fair enough. Read full review

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User Review  - ♥ Ibrahim ♥ - Goodreads

Peter Elbow is not only a teacher but he is a master in his field. He doesn't wander away like most of them do but you had better pay attention to every jot and tittle in his book for the master is ... Read full review

Contents

FREEWRITING EXERCISES
3
Keep a freewriting diary
9
Autobiographical digression
16
Growing
22
Chaos and disorientation
30
Editing
38
THE PROCESS OF WRITINGCOOKING
48
Cooking as interaction between genres and modes
54
Advice to the writer on listening
101
THOUGHTS ON THE TEACHERLESS WRITING CLASS
117
Why the teacherless class helps make writing easier
124
People learn from the truth even though the truth is a mess
133
The yogurt model
139
THE DOUBTING GAME AND THE BELIEVING GAME
147
Short digression on the New Critics
158
Meaningmaking as gsaMnaking 766
168

Desperation writing
60
Cooking and energy
67
Goodness and badness
69
THE TEACHERLESS WRITING CLASS
76
Giving movies of your mind
85
Further advice to readers
93
The two dialectics as games 1 74
174
Fears of the believing game
181
Speculations on the history of the believing game
187
A COUPLE OF NOTES TO MYSELF 793
199
REMINDERS TO KEEP IN VIEW
205
Copyright

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About the author (1998)


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

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