ERIC Number: ED196046
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Rhetorical Strategies in Composition and Creative Writing.
Mettelka, K. A.
Frequently, writing students are so concerned with correct grammar and mechanics that their essays are stilted and dry. Their writing is further hampered by rhetorical formulas that describe what the structure of the essay should be when it is finished but not how to go about writing it. Can poetic invention strategies help produce better essays? Possibly, in that they focus on getting the writer started rather than on the finished product. The divisions of classical rhetoric refer to discovering in the universe outside, while poetic heuristics focus on the writers making discoveries that are both within their experiences and part of the world outside. Teachers can guide their classes through group exercises to instigate this discovery. The crucial characteristic shared by such exercises is a well-defined, easily apprehended structure that needs completion. For example, a teacher might set up a "now/then" or "it seemed to be/but really is" dichotomy. This kind of structure takes the pressure off of student writers by allowing them to focus on details. The creative writing exercise can add to traditional rhetoric by recognizing that imagination is a faculty that can be developed. (HTH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Heuristics; Invention (Rhetorical)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association (22nd, Minneapolis, MN, November 6-8, 1980).