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Creative Composition: Preliminary Edition


by Eileen Pollack, Jeremiah Chamberlin, Natalie Bakopoulos
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Nothing is more important to writing and academic inquiry than learning to ask good questions. Questions guide our research, they lead us to uncover deeper truths about our subjects and ourselves, and they are fundamental to developing strong critical-thinking skills. However, our students often arrive in our composition classrooms with the notion that they must start their essays with a thesis statement, that they must begin the writing process from a position of knowledge and authority, and that their primary task as writers is to find evidence that supports their argument while ignoring anything to the contrary. No wonder, then, that the writing process feels so artificial.

Once students learn that we use writing to arrive at a position, they not only change the way they think about writing as a discipline, they discover the very real pleasures and rewards of academic inquiry. And no approach is more fruitful in changing the way students view writing and intellectual discourse than using creative nonfiction to teach rhetoric and composition.

All recent publications by Eileen Pollack

  • The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys' Club
  • Creative Composition: Preliminary Edition
  • Breaking and Entering
  • Creative Nonfiction: A Guide to Form, Content, and Style, with Readings

All publications by Eileen Pollack

A Perfect Life (novel, Ecco Press, 2016); The Only Woman in the Room (nonfiction, Beacon Press, 2015); Creative Composition (textbook with Jeremiah Chamberlin and Natalie Bakopoulos, Cengage/2013); Breaking and Entering (novel, Four Way Books, 2012); Creative Nonfiction:  Form, Content, and Style (textbook, Cengage/Wadsworth, 2009); In the Mouth, Stories and Novellas (short fiction, Four Way Books, 2008); Woman Walking Ahead: In Search of Catherine Weldon and Sitting Bull (nonfiction, University of New Mexico Press, 2002); Paradise, New York (novel, Temple University Press, 1998); The Rabbi in the Attic and Other Stories (short fiction, Delphinium Books, 1991); Whisper Whisper Jesse: A Children's Book About AIDS (Advantage/Aurora, 1992); stories and essays in journals and anthologies such as Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, New England Review, Agni, Literary Review, Puschart Prize XVI and XX, God: Stories, The New Generation; Between Mothers and Sons, Birth: A Literary Anthology, the Writers Chronicle, Sojourner, The Boston Globe, Michigan Magazine, Kaleidoscope, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Jewish Forward, Life Magazine, etc.

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