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ERIC Number: ED358462
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Composition as Fiction: Revising the Writing Classroom.
McClure, Michael
Allowing, or encouraging, students to write fiction has not received much attention from college composition teachers, despite recent attempts to bridge the gaps between composition and the study of literature. Based on experiences with a number of students in a variety of writing courses, a college composition instructor questions assumptions about the function of writing underlying higher education writing instruction. One student of the instructor was sullen and uncommunicative in class. However, her journal writing, sometimes fictional, represented thoughtful, varied and complex explorations written in a strong voice. The instructor encouraged the student to continue her fictional journal writings. By the end of the term, the student's formal papers were among the best in the class. A 27-year-old woman who had just returned to college wrote a piece of "fiction" detailing physical and verbal abuse of a wife by her husband. A class discussion (marked by an unusually high level of energy and participation) followed the student's reading of her paper to the class. An experienced composition instructor, participating in a week-long training workshop for first-time graduate student teaching assistants, gave a low mark to an admittedly well written--and, later revealed, an award winning--piece of fiction because it demonstrated no "critical thinking." Students may benefit from writing fiction in the composition class, and teachers may gain perspectives on their roles. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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