- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 2 edition (March 3, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0759398291
- ISBN-13: 978-0759398290
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I have taught and mentored hundreds of teachers in a multitude of contexts since I first picked up A WRITER TEACHES WRITING. And they, in turn, have been introduced in some way, to some thing, that Don Murray has crafted for the field. No matter where we have been or where we go from here--pre-process to post-process and beyond--Don Murray's voice will echo throughout our pedagogical and theoretical conversations."
"Don Murray's A WRITER TEACHES WRITING is to the writing process movement what Walden is to the American Renaissance - part manifesto, part how-to manual, part field guide. Even decades after its first publication, it still remains as wise, comprehensive, and daring as any book I've ever read on writing instruction."
"Donald Murray's great contribution to Composition Studies lies in the powerful simplicity of the idea that is at the center of his work: to teach writing effectively we should understand how writers write. The title of this important book is especially apt, for Murray has always seen himself as a writer as well as a teacher. He helped many of us see ourselves as writers as well, and he taught us to see our students as writers, too."
About the Author
Donald M. Murray was a Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire where he inaugurated a journalism program, helped establish a graduate program in Composition Studies, and served as director of Freshman English and English Department chairperson. He twice won awards for his teaching and was awarded honorary doctoral degrees by the University of New Hampshire in 1990, Fitchburg State College in 1992, and New Hampshire College in 1997. As a journalist, Murray won a number of awards including the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in the _Boston Herald_ in 1954. He was an editor of _Time_ and has served as writing coach for several newspapers, including the _Boston Globe_ and the _Providence Journal_. In 1991 Boston magazine and in 1996 _Improper Bostonian_ magazine selected him best columnist in Boston. In 1997 the University of New Hampshire opened the Donald M. Murray Journalism Library. He received recognition for Lifetime Achievement during the New Hampshire Literary Awards in 2001. In 2003 _Writing on the Edge_ established the Donald M. Murray Prize. This award is given to the author of the best work of creative nonfiction on the subject of writing published the previous year.
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This book, written for college level instruction, might be restricted to an audience with the opportunity to write one essay over multiple class periods, with time for teacher conferences in between. Still, there are many great tips for the writing teacher of all grade levels. There are also great writing tips for the author as well.
I think of Murray's books as squeezing Peter Elbow's long-winded philosophy on writing into a condensed and more easily understood form. This Elbow philosophy proposes that you should write to determine what you really want to say.
The book by Murray is only 264 pages but the density of great ideas and things to do make this book feel longer.
I particularly liked Murray's discussion on getting reactions to writing and what he calls the "response theory of teaching" in getting the student to react to his own writing.
I keep going back to re-read Murray's recommendations on the writing process. As in all of Murray's books, he provides a very thorough list of references.
This book is highly recommended as it provides many practical exercises with a philosophy that I agree with.
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