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Voices

Together with our WPA's, I helped create a dual-purpose handbook for all 150 sections of First-Year Writing at the University of Minnesota (3600 students/year). This handbook serves to unify UMN's composition courses under a central text, used by all instructors, and a common approach. That approach, briefly, is as follows:

"This class is not about a mythical 'One Right Way' to write. Instead, it's about getting involved in writing as both a person who thinks about writing and the work it does in various settings... Writing, in this view, can 'take on' conversations in two senses--both adopting and challenging the forms of writing valued in the academy."

First published in 2016, the second edition is in print and in use as of Fall 2017. Third edition expected Fall 2018.