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  • Title: Writing Without Teachers
  • Author: Peter Elbow
  • ISBN: 9780195120165
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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, and essays, as well as reports, lectures, and memos The core of Elbow s thinking is a cIn 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, and essays, 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 editorial process This approach turns the focus towards encouraging ways of developing confidence and inspiration through free writing, multiple drafts, diaries, and notes.
    Writing Without Teachers 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

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    1. This was essentially required reading for the workshopping group that I m in While a lot of the techniques in the book will be familiar to people who have been in workshop groups before decentralized teaching methods, open discussions, circular seating and all that , the emphasis of things like open freewriting exercises, a bravery in one s drafts, and the vast importance in being willing to let yourself make big mistakes and try new things with one s writing can t be appreciated enough Those fi [...]

    2. An excellent little resource to empower writers to write and teachers to set up a teacherless writing class Loved it.

    3. Peter Elbow s Writing Without Teachers, which I first encountered in 1974, changed the way I thought about writing and freed me from one of my chief impediments the idea that I had to work out in my head, or in an outline, what I wanted to say before I wrote anything down By introducing the concept of freewriting, Elbow made it possible to start anywhere, and trust that the process of writing without a teacher, and without editing, would be sufficient to get core ideas down, which later editing [...]

    4. This is an eye opening book It was filled with so many things I knew, but yet didn t truly believe either because I felt there was no evidence behind them or I didn t want to believe them for some reason or another Elbow talks about writing in such a clear, natural way He deals with many of the doubts and frustrations I have experienced with my own writing Elbow s ideas on how to grow as a writer, and writing in general, have greatly contributed to my own writing life and enjoyment of writing Ev [...]

    5. While I feel that Peter Elbow presents some interesting views on composition, specifically in regards to the metaphors of growing vs cooking writing, I sense a bit of datedness in Elbow s writing Given that this book is from the 1970s, perhaps that is not too surprising Yet dated as this book may be, Elbow s presentation of the teacherless classroom that is oriented towards a writing workshop pedagogy is fascinating, and may be useful not just for students or teachers, but conference presenters [...]

    6. The title of Peter Elbow s classic Writing Without Teachers suggests the book as a curious choice for review by this actual teacher of writing But, as Elbow makes clear in his introduction, by implementing many of the principles he discusses in this book into his own classroom, he s created dynamic learning environments that have led him to conclude that teachers learn to be useful when it is clearer that they are not necessary x At it s heart, the premise of Writing Without Teachers is exactl [...]

    7. Peter Elbow sets out in Writing Without Teachers to show writers both inside and outside schools how to gain control over words, though doing so requires working hard and finding others to work with you vii The major advice of Elbow s first chapter is regular freewriting exercises ten minute periods of nonedit ed writing that he presents as a method of giving life to a writer s voice and writing by cutting through interruptions, changes, and hesitations 3 6 His second and third chapters explore [...]

    8. This is a classic and it is easy to see why I have been familiar with Elbow s ideas e.g the doubting and believing game for quite sometime, but had received much of the information secondhand For their time, the ideas in the book were revolutionary In today s culture of flipped classrooms and the like, I hope that he finds sympathetic reception for his ideas A teacherless writing group isn t necessarily realistic within most college curricula, but I think every teacher who grades papers needs t [...]

    9. This is a very useful book I find the idea of the teacherless writing class fascinating, although it seems slightly passe and over argued, mostly because the format described essentially successful writing workshop has much greater currency than it did at the time of Elbow s writing.Elbow argues cogently for his variation of the workshop format, and as I am reading this among other composition classics Lindeman, Murray, Bartholomae, Yancey, etc to prepare a senior level composition course of my [...]

    10. I think Elbow has given us a lot of good in helping students to not be scared of writing crap and just write something first That being said, I think Elbow s perhaps na ve carelessness about generic differences is truly hampering Perhaps Elbow would have framed the genres would have been individual based, but the problem remains The same piece of writing that is boring and pointless to a fourteen year old skateboarder Elbow encourages even young children 113 in the writing group may be clear, p [...]

    11. This is a book of some stature and is held in high esteem, so I suppose I commit something like heresy when I find myself mystified as to why and articulate the question Professor Elbow, if I understand him correctly, is a proponent of process writing, which is all to the good While I am in general skeptical of a pure process approach for I am, alas, what some would call, hyperbolically, a grammar nazi , I see its merits My problems with this book are twofold first there is the argument about pr [...]

    12. Peter Elbow is not only a teacher but he is a master in his field He doesn t wander away like most of them do but you had better pay attention to every jot and tittle in his book for the master is speaking and he weighs his words carefully and if you know how to listen you will be mentored by one of the top men in the field of writing This is a book I would be willing to purchase and put on my bookshelf with pride And so appears for the rest of every other work he wrote Too bad buy lots of books [...]

    13. Elbow belabors his points a bit, but this book is a good read for anyone involved in any kind of writing group, teacherless or otherwise His argument for keeping an open mind playing the believing game is a reminder to allow the group meetings to progress in a gentler, lenient way than most workshops are used to Though ultimately he advocates for a healthy balance between belief and doubt, it seems most writers could benefit from erring on the side of belief It would save a few headaches and b [...]

    14. Re Reading now and realizing how much Elbow has to say about reading critically without reading negatively Hs doubting game versus believing game approach and the reliance on group dynamics is really hitting home for me in a way it did not before This is a whole and very human 360 degree approach to reading and writing have to say that fully embracing his pedagogy could take us all a long way toward truly understanding and acting on what we read and hear Not just a writing manual.

    15. Chapters 3 4 could be very helpful for college students taking a Comp class to read Will be implementing Ch 4 was a peer review process that might help improve feedback or lack of it I m seeing from my students There s a reason Elbow is so well respected in the field, this book makes it clear.

    16. How to write by yourself and make progress while doing it, well at least before you form the group of seven individuals with the same vested interest in tightening your prose Read it because there s a lot there that might be helpful, but take it a little at a timei.e sift, digest and do the work

    17. While a few points were overly reiterated, there was some great information in there I would be interested in joining or forming a writing group based upon his model and seeing it in action otherwise, the beginning of the book had some great tips and points of motivation to start writing on my own.

    18. I first encountered Elbow in one of the first grad seminars I took, and I was struck by how fun it was to read his prose.I only wish I d read this before I began teaching composition as he has a very interesting way of teaching the composing process This would also have been helpful for me as a writer who encounters writer s block.

    19. Great little book Helped me get through my writer s block The book is proposing a way to improve as a writer by writing something each week and finding a dedicated group of people that can give each other feedback I haven t quite gotten that far, but the introductory chapters on how to write were invaluable.

    20. There s a lot of common sense in here, but a lot of useful info as well particularly his final essay on the doubting game vs the believing game, while a little overdone, gave me a lot to think about as far as how I come to conclusions.

    21. This had some good ideas for teaching, or broadly, writing in community The essay at the end is draggy but has a good point I d recommend it for people who are in or want to start any kind of writing group or class.

    22. Andrew Ratner recommended this book while he was advising me on my action research project Since my proposal focuses on creating independent, self driven learners and writers, the book was useful in advice on establishing a teacherless writing class Intriguing and intimidating.

    23. I guess I just didn t really get the significance of this book It might be because I m a writing instructor I think a lot of his strategies are useful, but I felt connection with Writing With Power But fair enough.

    24. quirky writing style mostly i like it because he talks about hos to hold a writing group i have been working in a group using his method for the past 4 months now and it s awesome really honest and fun and not touchy or weird.

    25. Some interesting ideas on the writing process, but written in far too scattered and unedited a form to be useful Chapter Four on the teacherless writing class a k a the writing workshop is the most useful Photocopy that from the library and you re set.

    26. Elbow presents a very interesting and inovative approach to writing which I would stongly suggest at least trying His ideas about critique are gentle and inclusive.I didn t really like his particular style of writing the text of the book but the content was valuable to me.

    27. This was my second time around reading this book Like the first time I saw what it was trying to teach me How to find my own kind of writing that would bring out the writer in me and I enjoyed it for the most

    28. This is a wonderful book for anyone interested in learning to write without getting hung up from perspective of writer s block, internal editing, etc It s main intention is to form teacherless writing groups to provide feedback, but even without that forum, it s very useful

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