1st Edition

Writing Groups Inside and Outside the Classroom

Edited By Beverly J. Moss, Nels P. Highberg, Melissa Nicolas Copyright 2004
    284 Pages
    by Routledge

    284 Pages
    by Routledge

    This unique collection considers the nature of writing groups inside and outside the academic environment. Exploring writing groups as contextual literacy events, editors Beverly J. Moss, Nels P. Highberg, and Melissa Nicolas bring together contributors to document and reflect on the various types of collaborations that occur in writing groups in a wide range of settings, both within and outside the academy.

    The chapters in this volume respond to a variety of questions about writing groups, including:
    *What is the impact of gender, race, and socioeconomic class on power dynamics in writing groups?
    *When is a writing group a community and are all writing groups communities?
    *How does the local community of a writing group impact the participation of group members in other local or global communities?
    *How does the local community of a writing group impact the participation of group members in other local or global communities?
    *What actions contribute to a strong community of writers and what actions contribute to the breakdown of community?
    *When and for whom are writing groups ineffective?
    *What is it about belonging to a community of writers that makes writing groups appealing to so many within and beyond the academy?

    Each chapter highlights how writing groups, whether or not they are labeled as such, function in various spaces and locations, and how collaboration works when writers from a variety of backgrounds with diverse interests come together.

    Writing Groups Inside and Outside the Classroom illustrates that writing groups outside of the academy are worthy of study and serve as important sites of writing and literacy instruction. Offering significant insights into the roles of writing groups in literacy and writing practice, this volume is appropriate for scholars and teachers of writing, rhetoric, composition, and literacy; for writing center administrators and staff; and for writing group participants.

    Contents: B.L. Stay, Series Foreword. N.P. Highberg, B.J. Moss, M. Nicolas, Introduction: Writing Groups as Literary Events. Part I:Writing Groups Within the Curriculum: Pedagogical Approaches and Concerns. R. Jackson, "I Don't Talk to Blacks," or Contextual Constraints on Peer Writing Groups in the Prison College Classroom. T.K.H. Piontek, Wrestling With the Angels: Writing Groups, Messy Texts, and Truly Collaborative Writing. J.A. Anderson, S.W. Murphy, Bringing the Writing Center Into the Classroom: A Case Study of Writing Groups. M. Gilewicz, Sponsoring Student Response in Writing Center Group Tutorials. S. Thomas, L. Smith, T.T. Barry, Shaping Writing Groups in the Sciences. H.B. Hessler, A.R. Taggert, Reciprocal Expertise: Community Service and the Writing Group. K. Day, M. Eodice, Coauthoring as Place: A Different Ethos. Part II:Writing Groups in the Extracurriculum: Broadening the Focus. C. Spigelman, "Species" of Rhetoric: Deliberative and Epideictic Models in Writing Group Settings. P. Mathieu, K. Westmoreland, M. Ibrahem, W. Plowman, C. Cohen, Questions of Time: Publishing and Group Identity in the StreetWise Writers Group. R.S. Nowacek, K. del Sol, Making Space for Collaboration: Physical Context and Role Taking in Two Singing and Songwriting Groups. L. Beckstead, K. Brooke, R. Brooke, K. Christensen, D. Jacobs, H.L.M. Jacobs, C. MacDaniels, J. Ratliff, The Thursday Night Writing Group: Crossing Institutional Lines. T.T. Barry, J.G. Bevins, M.K. Crawford, E. Demers, J.B. Hara, M.R. Hughes, M.A.K. Sherby, A Group of Our Own: Women and Writing Groups: A Reconsideration. E. Westbrook, Community, Collaboration, and Conflict: The Community Writing Group as Contact Zone. M. Nicolas, B.J. Moss, N.P. Highberg, Afterword.


    Beverly J. Moss, Nels P. Highberg, Melissa Nicolas

    "The breadth of contexts represented in the book is nothing short of astonishing. Both academic and community groups can certainly learn from each other through this volume."
    The Writing Center Journal