ANALYZING TEXTS IN THE AGE OF DIGITAL HUMANITIES!

Cheryl Geisler introduces a special section in the latest issue of  Journal of Writing Research exploring the promise of digital text analysis. Next week: one of the articles in the special section.

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From March College English: “Tandem” Creative-Writing and Composition Courses

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Matt Sumpter argues that creative writing and composition differ enough that they should remain separate courses but that they offer enough individual value that both belong in a first-year curriculum.

AT JUST CAN’T HELP WRITING: Use Parallel Structure in Writing for Voice and Style

Check out these ideas and examples for building rhythm and coherence in your writingBleu curve through the use of parallel structure to add detail.

AT COLLEGE COMPOSITION WEEKLY: Is Creative Writing an Academic Discipline?

CCW banner 300Check out Trent Hergenrader’s claims in the new Journal of Creative Writing Studies that creative writing needs to be more proactive if its practitioners want to thrive in the academy.

NEW AT JUST CAN’T HELP WRITING: Overbudget on “To be”? Use “Absolutes”

Use “absolutes” to cut back on “to be” verbsscissors3 in progressive tenses, and build your voice as well.

AT COLLEGE COMPOSITION WEEKLY:

CCW banner 300Steve Lamos argues in the March College English that job security for teaching-track writing faculty will remain elusive if administrators and other powerful stakeholders continue to see the emotional labor such teachers perform as “unimportant, uninteresting, and ultimately unworthy of attention.” He offers concrete steps toward combating “negative affect.”

AT COLLEGE COMPOSITION WEEKLY: STUDYING LITERACY PRACTICES!

CCW banner 300In the Feb. 2016 Research in the Teaching of English, Amy Stornaiuolo and Robert Jean LeBlanc introduce the concept of scalar analysis as a heuristic for investigating how literacy practices circulate and change in value across a stratified global universe.

AT JUST CAN’T HELP WRITING: BUILD YOUR NOVEL’S WORLD!

SciFi and Fantasy writers talk about building worlds. But world-building can make the difference between a place we can take or leave or a place we just can’t tear ourselves away from.

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How do you build a world in your novels?

COLLEGE COMPOSITION WEEKLY: DO ACADEMICS REALLY WRITE THIS WAY?

Zak Lancaster in College Composition and Communication analyzes the templates (“formulas?”) offered in the college writing textbook They Say/I Say. Do they really reflect the choices academic writers make? Check out what he found!

Do you teach academic writing? What do you think about Lancaster’s claims?

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THIS WEEK AT COLLEGE COMPOSITION WEEKLY:

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Ryan P. Shepherd argues in Computers and Composition that composition hasn’t paid enough attention to the ways gender works when Web 2.0 sites like  Facebook are used in writing classrooms.