ERIC Number: ED234848
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-9
Reference Count: 0
A Workshop: Coping with Writing Anxiety.
Thompson, Merle O'Rourke
Since 1979, over 300 adults have participated in writing anxiety workshops at Northern Virginia Community College. The self-identified, self-diagnosed sufferers of writing anxiety have had problems in one or more of the following areas: letter writing, memo and report writing, writing for academic purposes, writing demanded of women reentering the work force, and writing required by new jobs. The 6-hour workshops were attended by 10 to 20 participants, who learned coping skills to deal with their writing anxiety. During the workshops, the first 2-hour session was devoted to identifying individuals' writing problems and explaining that writing causes anxiety because it is a reflection of personal reality, requires decision making, and involves hard work. In the second session, participants practiced pre-writing techniques, such as brainstorming, free-writing, and questioning, and discussed such organizational concerns as unity, coherence, order, and transition. During the final session, students implemented revising and editing techniques. A follow-up study using the Thompson Writing Attitude Survey demonstrated the effectiveness of the workshops in reducing writing anxiety. The survey instrument is appended. (LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Thompson Writing Anxiety Survey
Note: Adapted from a paper presented at a Post-Conference Workshop of the National Conference of Teachers of English (Boston, MA, 1981).