Writing

Writing

An artist's depiction of a brain from above. On the left side of the brain, straight black-and-white lines suggest technology. On the right, curved lines and colors suggest human creativity.
Jan 20, 2023
Human- and machine-generated prose may one day be indistinguishable. But that does not quell academics’ search for an answer to the question “What makes prose human?”

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April 24, 2012
Steven J. Corbett tries to find out if much-derided form of instruction can be improved by turning it over to students.
April 17, 2012
Decades ago, two colleges in Virginia decided all students would need to pass essay exam to graduate. Old Dominion just dropped the unusual requirement, while Hampden-Sydney has no intention of doing so.
March 16, 2012
The Rush Limbaugh debate and other examples of political incivility point to the need for the kind of instruction offered in many first-year writing courses, writes John Duffy.
March 15, 2012
A University of Chicago sentence-making website celebrates academic writing, and might prompt a chuckle.
February 15, 2012
A Broadway play and a new collection of essays offer very different critiques of the creative writing workshop.
February 13, 2012
Was Oakland U. right to suspend a student after he revealed in his class writing journal that he finds his instructor attractive?
December 22, 2011
A new set of standards has his colleagues wondering if they assess themselves as they do students. Steven J. Corbett reviews the discussions.
August 11, 2011
In the time of Twitter, concision may be a valid goal in student writing. But clarity and accuracy are often emphasized too little, Kim Epting argues.
August 2, 2011
Many of the students in today's college writing classroom are career-oriented and have little interest in literature; they also may not be native speakers of English. A traditional approach to teaching writing -- through reading and writing about classic literature -- may not reach these students.
July 25, 2011
Is it a given that technology enhances the acts of writing, as it does the arts and sciences of film-making, design, engineering, data collection and analyses, and so forth? What about the teaching and learning of writing?

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