ERIC Number: ED454515
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-May
What Is "Inkshedding"?
Hunt, Russell A.
"Inkshedding" grew out of a process of trying to make "freewriting" into something dialogically transactional. The idea was to give writing a social role in a classroom, and thus to create a situation in which the writing was read by real readers, to understand and respond to what was said rather than to evaluate and "help" with the writing. In classes students were asked to freewrite in response to a shared experience--a reading, a class discussion, an event--and then pass the freewritten texts around and ask readers to mark passages in which the writer said something that seemed interesting or new. The word "inkshedding" comes from the Oxford English Dictionary. The ways in which inkshedding functions--and the ways it has been substantiated--have grown and changed since then. One important way was that text composed in such a situation has more likelihood, even with novice writers, to be formed with an anticipation of audience. A number of ways of organizing situations to make the reading more central and more influential--more salient--have evolved. Some publications now deal in more or less explicit and extended ways with inkshedding. (NKA)
Descriptors: Audience Awareness, Classroom Techniques, Free Writing, Higher Education, Writing Processes, Writing Strategies
For full text: http://www.stthomasu.ca/~hunt/dialogic/inkshed.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Inkshed Working Conference (16th, Mont Gabriel, Quebec, Canada, May 6-9, 1999).