• Paper or Digital?

    Recently I came under some good-natured (?) teasing about being a 21st-century professor who still collects paper copies of student writing. Yes, I do, for several reasons. I believe that manuscript presentation is pa...
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  • Still Writing about Writing (and Talking and Arguing and Asking Questions about Writing, Too)

    Today's guest blogger is Matthew Bryan, an associate lecturer in Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Central Florida, where he graduated with his MFA in Creative Writing in 2009. There, he serves as the fac...
    Douglas Downs
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  • Teaching Writing about Writing in the Two-Year College

    Today's guest blogger is Mark Blaauw-Hara, a Professor of English and the Writing Program Coordinator at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, Michigan, where he has taught for seventeen years. His interest...
    Elizabeth Wardle
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  • Reading Difficult Texts Is Worth Students’ Struggle

    One reason I started using writing-about-writing emerged in coordinating research instruction in my university’s library. Our assignments demanded that students locate and engage peer-reviewed journal articles a...
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  • Teaching Genre in the First-Year Writing Classroom

    Teaching students to understand genres and how they work has become a central goal for many writing teachers. For those of us who teach writing about writing, it is difficult to imagine explaining key concepts like rh...
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  • Once More, With Feeling: There Isn’t THE “Writing-about-Writing”

    Another year and I’m once again humbled by our new TAs—how intuitive WAW work is for them, the ideas they contribute to our program for teaching WAW approaches, the possibilities they see for it. Concurren...
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  • Crossing Thresholds

    This blog was originally posted on November 20th, 2013.   In my last post, I wrote about the difficulties of helping students see the practical, transferable value of things we teach them. In particular, I was a...
    Elizabeth Wardle
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  • Talking the Talk

    This blog was originally posted on December 18th, 2013.   I need to preface this post with the explanation that until this year, I’ve not taught in or with a program where many instructors are using a writi...
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  • Rhetoric Here, There, Then, Now

    This blog was originally posted on March 3rd, 2014.   Writing-about-writing is invested in having students encounter research on writing that may upset their (and their culture’s) everyday conceptions of w...
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  • Being Transformers

    This blog was originally posted on April 23rd, 2014.   Guest blogger Nichole Stack has been an instructor with UCF’s Department of Writing and Rhetoric since 2010. Having worked with diverse student populat...
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  • Writing-about-Writing (Centers)

    This blog was originally posted on August 6th, 2014.   Guest blogger Megan Lambert is a Rhetoric & Composition M.A. candidate at UCF. This is her second year teaching first-year composition courses with UCF&#...
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  • Thinking about…WAW 2e, Writing for Non-Profits, and Transfer

    This blog was originally posted on September 25th, 2013.   As I write this blog post, Doug and I are in the thick of editing page proofs for the second edition of Writing about Writing, which will be out in Janua...
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