Writing Without Teachers

Paperback | May 1, 1998

byPeter Elbow

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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, andessays, 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 editorialprocess. 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 thesubconscious 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 livingroom, who has ever had trouble writing.

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In this new edition of his popular book, well-known advocate of innovative teaching methods Peter Elbow outlines a practical program for learning how to write

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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, andessays, as well as reports, lectures, and me...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 5.31 × 7.91 × 0.71 inPublished:May 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195120167

ISBN - 13:9780195120165

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"Its message particularly valid in this age of standard tightening. New introduction guides students to the relevance of theory and scholarship."--Gail Wood, College of Staten Island