Nothing Begins with N: New Investigations of Freewriting

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Pat Belanoff, Peter Elbow, Sheryl I. Fontaine
SIU Press, 1991 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 327 pages
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The 16 essays in this book provide a theoretical underpinning for freewriting.

Sheryl I. Fontaine opens the book with a description of the organization, purpose, and content of students’ 10-minute unfocused freewriting.

Pat Belanoff discusses the relationship between skilled and unskilled student writers.

Richard H. Haswell analyzes forms of freewriting.

Lynn Hammond describes the focused freewriting strategies used in legal writing and in the analysis of poetry.

Joy Marsella and Thomas L. Hilgers suggest ways of teaching freewriting as a heuristic.

Diana George and Art Young show what teachers learned about the writing abilities of three engineering students through freewriting journals.

Anne E. Mullin seeks to determine whether freewriting lives up to claims made for it.

Barbara W. Cheshire assesses the efficacy of freewriting.

James W. Pennebaker checks the short- and long-term effects of freewriting on students’ emotional lives.

Ken Macrorie notes that freewriting means being freed to use certain powers.

Peter Elbow shows how authors use freewriting.

Robert Whitney tells "why I hate to freewrite."

Karen Ferro considers her own freewriting, showing how it leads to a deeper self-understanding.

Chris Anderson discusses the qualities in freewriting that we should maintain in revision.

Burton Hatlen shows the parallels between writing projective verse and freewriting.

Sheridan Blau describes the results of experiments with invisible writing.


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What Does Freewriting Look Like?
An Aid to Rereading Theorists
What Are the Effects of Freewriting
Teacher Perception and Research Data
Implications for Health
What Is My Personal Connection to Free
Projective Verse and Freewriting or Do Charles
The Uses
References Cited
Notes on Contributors

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About the author (1991)

Pat Belanoff is Director of the Writing Program at State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Peter Elbow is Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Sheryl I. Fontaine is Director of the English Resources Center at Claremont McKenna College.

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