ERIC Number: ED350629
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Writing from the Tips of Our Tongues: Writers, Tutors, and Talk.
Talk is central to what writers do--it is the collaborative activity that underlies most, if not all, individual acts of composing. Writers compose through inner speech while walking, by speaking aloud at the word processor, when discussing a work-in-progress, or as they share ideas during conferences in writing centers and classrooms. But this talk is often suppressed, forgotten, or left out of the dominant story of learning to write. Writing centers are places student writers come to talk, asking real and engaged questions, talk that results in encouragement and becomes a reason for many writers to continue. When writing is viewed as the work of solitary genius, talk is left out of the story. A long-term collaborative poetry project investigated the issues of talk and voice as two university writing instructors collaborated at a distance on writing poetry. This interweaving of poetry profoundly affected the instructors' ways of teaching writing. Writing is taught best and learned best in a class that highlights drafting but also includes healthy "wallops" of talk. Finished products of writing smooth over their own construction, so writing teachers have begun to include examples of student writing and drafts as classroom models and writing center directors have begun to encourage tutors and tutees to brainstorm, draft and talk together. Writing takes time, and the more time teachers and students allow for pen on paper (or keyboardist on keyboard), the more likely it is that learning will take place. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Conversation; Speaking Writing Relationship
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Peer Tutoring in Writing Conference (9th, Indiana, PA, October 23-24, 1992).