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Composition as Fiction [microform] : Revising the Writing Classroom / Michael McClure
Bib ID 5558713
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
McClure, Michael
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1993 
13 p. 

Allowing, or encouraging, students to write fiction has not received much attention from college composition teachers, despite recent attempts to bridge the gaps between composition and the study of literature. Based on experiences with a number of students in a variety of writing courses, a college composition instructor questions assumptions about the function of writing underlying higher education writing instruction. One student of the instructor was sullen and uncommunicative in class. However, her journal writing, sometimes fictional, represented thoughtful, varied and complex explorations written in a strong voice. The instructor encouraged the student to continue her fictional journal writings. By the end of the term, the student's formal papers were among the best in the class. A 27-year-old woman who had just returned to college wrote a piece of "fiction" detailing physical and verbal abuse of a wife by her husband. A class discussion (marked by an unusually high level of energy and participation) followed the student's reading of her paper to the class. An experienced composition instructor, participating in a week-long training workshop for first-time graduate student teaching assistants, gave a low mark to an admittedly well written--and, later revealed, an award winning--piece of fiction because it demonstrated no "critical thinking." Students may benefit from writing fiction in the composition class, and teachers may gain perspectives on their roles. (RS)


ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (44th, San Diego, CA, March 31-April 3, 1993).

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Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects College Freshmen.  |  Creative Writing.  |  Fiction.  |  Freshman Composition.  |  Higher Education.  |  Instructional Design.  |  Journal Writing.  |  Student Reaction.  |  Teacher Role.  |  Writing Assignments.  |  Writing Evaluation.  |  Writing Contexts  |  Voice (Rhetoric)
Form/genre Speeches/Meeting Papers.  |  Opinion Papers.  |  Reports, Descriptive.
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