ERIC Number: ED159690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Gallwey, Zen, and the Teaching of Writing.
Karlson, Robert E.
The principles used by Tim Gallwey in his books "The Inner Game of Tennis" and "Inner Tennis" can be applied to the teaching and learning of writing. The objective is to overcome mental obstacles which our conscious ego puts in the way of our creative self. Such obstacles as fear, lack of self-confidence, lack of concentration, trying too hard, anger, boredom, and not being able to focus on the main business are common to tennis players and writers. The object is to help the student get the conscious ego out of the way of the creative self. One exercise to accomplish this is focused free writing. Topics for free writing need to have resonance, that is, the subconscious levels of the self need to have something to say. Then the student's objective is to get out of the way, not worrying about grammar, spelling, and syntax (all attempts by the conscious ego to block the creative self) until enough free writing has been done on the subject to allow a friendly conversation with the conscious ego in order to shape the paper as effectively as possible. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (29th, Denver, Colorado, March 30-April 1, 1978)