Theoretical Underpinnings


Since writing is central to scholarship, research, and professional practice, we teach students to become ethnographers of the writing in their disciplines.  Thus, student writers study examples of texts from their field, learning to read for how something is written and why it is written that way and then they apply these genre conventions to their own writing.  We provide these writers with rhetorical questions to ask of texts and then advisors to achieve a greater awareness of how evidence, argument, and voice are enacted in graduate and professional writing.  We teach the meta-language writers need for talking about writing and the key principles for organizing, revising, and editing drafts.  These writers apply these concrete principles to their own texts and the texts of their classmates.  After all, in most professional practice, writing is what we do.

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