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How Writing Works By Dominic Wyse (University College London)

How Writing Works by Dominic Wyse (University College London)

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Summary

As a subject of research, writing has been relatively neglected in favour of verbal language and reading. This book is a new analysis of the process of writing. It explains how the world's greatest authors write; critiques the best guides to writing; and presents new research on creativity and writing.

How Writing Works Summary

How Writing Works: From the Invention of the Alphabet to the Rise of Social Media by Dominic Wyse (University College London)

From the invention of the alphabet to the explosion of the internet, Dominic Wyse takes us on a unique journey into the process of writing. Starting with seven extraordinary examples that serve as a backdrop to the themes explored, it pays particular attention to key developments in the history of language, including Aristotle's grammar through socio-cultural multimodality, to pragmatist philosophy of communication. Analogies with music are used as a comparator throughout the book, yielding radically new insights into composition processes. The book presents the first comprehensive analysis of the Paris Review interviews with the world's greatest writers such as Louise Erdrich, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Ted Hughes, and Marilynne Robinson. It critically reviews the most influential guides to styles and standards of language, and presents new research on young people's creativity and writing. Drawing on over twenty years of findings, Wyse presents research-informed innovative practices to demonstrate powerfully how writing can be learned and taught.

How Writing Works Reviews

'This is an insightful and far ranging book on writing, its history, and how to teach it. Drawing on the insights of philosophers, scientists, educators, and accomplished writers, Dominic Wyse lays bare the power, mystique, and the pleasures of writing.' Steve Graham, Arizona State University
'Wyse's deep dive into the history of writing will make this book an instant classic and a must-read for scholars who study any aspect of writing. It is not an ordinary history of a discipline, but a rigorous and creative text that will make readers rethink relationships between music, composing, creativity and writing across our lifespans.' Jessica Pandya, California State University, Long Beach
'Like music of the soul with an original melody, replete with philosophical and historical notes, this book captures the very essence of writing and composition processes. Dominic Wyse's new volume switches up the tempo of current research to consider writing differently.' Kathy A. Mills, Learning Sciences Institute Australia, Australian Catholic University
'A comprehensive survey and a meaningful proposal for future practices in education.' Andrew Caines, The Times Literary Supplement
'This is an insightful and far ranging book on writing, its history, and how to teach it. Drawing on the insights of philosophers, scientists, educators, and accomplished writers, Dominic Wyse lays bare the power, mystique, and the pleasures of writing.' Steve Graham, Arizona State University
'Wyse's deep dive into the history of writing will make this book an instant classic and a must-read for scholars who study any aspect of writing. It is not an ordinary history of a discipline, but a rigorous and creative text that will make readers rethink relationships between music, composing, creativity and writing across our lifespans.' Jessica Pandya, California State University, Long Beach
'Like music of the soul with an original melody, replete with philosophical and historical notes, this book captures the very essence of writing and composition processes. Dominic Wyse's new volume switches up the tempo of current research to consider writing differently.' Kathy A. Mills, Learning Sciences Institute Australia, Australian Catholic University
'A comprehensive survey and a meaningful proposal for future practices in education.' Andrew Caines, The Times Literary Supplement

About Dominic Wyse (University College London)

Dominic Wyse is Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education at University College London Institute of Education. He is author of The Good Writing Guide for Education Students and Teaching English, Language and Literacy. He has been an invited expert for BBC Newsnight and the BBC Radio Four Today programme, and for the Guardian and Times newspapers.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. A history of writing; 3. Writing guidance; 4. Expert writers; 5. Creativity and writing; 6. Novice writers and education; 7. The process of writing.

Additional information

NGR9781316636060
9781316636060
1316636062
How Writing Works: From the Invention of the Alphabet to the Rise of Social Media by Dominic Wyse (University College London)
New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2017-11-23
248
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