Writing in the moment, I have come to realize, has the capacity to change us. In that Indianapolis ballroom, writing was in fact an act of being, an intense awareness of ourselves in that moment: In this sense, writing is a potentially powerful vehicle for transformation, for it opens up possibilities for awareness, reflection, and inquiry that writing as an act of textual production does not necessarily do.
Masterfully written, powerful, passionate, important in so many ways, especially for right now, as the Common Core privileges formulaic scorched earth argument serving corporate "needs" and a conservative return to "the text itself" via s New Critical approaches.
This is a book about the human, and the importance of interconnection and shared commitments and our need through language to be more, in a postmodern time when most academics have abandoned a belief in "the human" as some passe Enlightenment ideal, and abandoned the idea of pursuing issues of social justice and equity as some kind of essentialist pipe dream.
The Need to Lead Excerpt from Article For most of my year career as a writing teacher, I had never seriously thought of an act of writing as separate from the text produced.
But Yagelski calls for us to rise up and speak and write again with hope as part of the very real effort of saving ourselves and the planet. I had always assumed, like most English teachers I know, that writing should produce a text to be used for some explicit purpose—to keep a record, promote learning, communicate ideas or information, or demonstrate writing ability as in the context of assessment.
Yagelski, a man of the heart as well as a sharp scholarly head, urges us to a reconsideration of writing as something vital and important and not just some kind of deconstructionist series of lies.
This is a book about the human, This is one of the most important books in recent decades about the teaching of writing and its crucial importance to our lives from one of our very leading lights in the field of English education.
Language can surely be this and we have had a century proving this could be the case through several wars and the Hiroshima and the Holocaust and several more genocides And you then have to write! More to the point, rarely had I considered simply discarding the text once the period of writing was over—in effect, ignoring the text and simply writing.
And almost never is the purpose of that writing to produce a text to be read or used by someone other than the writer. We write—together—for other reasons, because writing as an activity matters, separate from any text that is produced.
Completing the Paradigm Shift to Process Writing:As such, writing instructors have the potential to convey problematic lessons about the self as entirely separate from the world. This essay delineates a corrective to the Cartesian mindset in mainstream writing instruction: Yagelski’s ontological theory of writing as a way of being-in-the-world.
Reviewed by: Talitha May, Ohio University Home: Introduction Robert Yagelski’s () book Writing as a Way of Being: Writing Instruction, Nonduality, and the Crisis of Sustainability argued that writing instruction is implicated in the crisis of sustainability.
This essay delineates a corrective to the Cartesian mindset in mainstream writing instruction: Yagelski’s ontological theory of writing as a way of being-in-the-world. Summary: Considering the act of writing not just for the sake of academic effort, but for the experience itself, Robert P.
Yagelski of the Capital District Writing Project shares reflections and powerful examples of writing as praxis to illustrate the importance of living through writing.
Summary: Robert Yagelski, director of the New York Capital District Writing Project, discusses the transformative power of writing as an act in and of itself as he reevaluates the traditional motivations for teaching writing in schools. The book presents a dramatic new way to understand writing as an ontological act at a time of unprecedented social, educational, and environmental change.
This book offers hope in the form of a pedagogy of writing as an ethical practice of being in the world.Download