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Peter Elbow on Writing

Peter Elbow on Writing

Duration: 43 min
ISBN: 1-893521-48-6
Date Produced: 1995

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Peter Elbow on Writing


Peter Elbow talks directly to students about the process of writing. Beginning with his own early difficulties with writing as a college student, Elbow provides insights into how one can work through writing problems. Full of detailed instruction and specific skills to aid in writing, this video guides its audience from the initial stages of freewriting to the final stages of the revising process.

Useful for students and teachers alike, Peter Elbow on Writing will demystify the writing process while presenting its viewers with countless gems of encouragement and support with which to approach their writing anew. Use it to start off a writing class or use sections that correspond to lesson plans.

Sections: Failure | Learning from Failure | Making a Mess | Creating & Criticizing | Sowing Early Seeds | Free Writing: A voyage to the unknown | An Audience: The most precious gift | Four Kinds of Audience Response | Revising | Voice and Power in Writing | Writing Across the Curriculum | Grammar & Spelling | Mediums for Writing | Writing for Life

Peter Elbow

Peter Elbow is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst--where he directed the Writing Program. Elbow has had a longstanding interest in voice as it relates to writing, identity, and power, and his revolutionary book Writing without Teachers has influenced a whole generation of writers with its democratizing emphasis on helping people work on writing on their own and with others outside of educational institutions. His other books include Oppositions in Chaucer, Writing with Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process, Embracing Contraries: Explorations in Learning and Teaching, What is English?, and most recently, Everyone Can Write: Essays Toward a Hopeful Theory of Writing and Teaching Writing. Elbow is the author of numerous essays and has given talks and workshops at many colleges and universities. He has served on the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association and the Executive Committee of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Elbow holds degrees from Williams College, Oxford University, and Brandeis University.

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Produced and Conceptualized by: Patricia H. Mangan
Executive Producer, Director: Sut Jhally
Director of Photography: Charles Pappert
Cameras: Charles Pappert & Sanjay Talreja
Editor: Joel Saxe
Musical Director: Joseph Bartone

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