May 17th, 2012
Elbow will lead a 3-hour workshop on Monday, July 16 at AAEEBL's annual
conference. This workshop is just one reason why you should join us at
latest book, Vernacular Eloquence, published this year by Oxford
University Press, helps us understand how spoken and written language are
changing in our new digital culture.
Elbow has helped shape our understanding of writing since the early 1980s (at
least) with his publications, Writing Without Teachers, Writing With Power,
Embracing Contraries, and Everyone Can Write.
a writing teacher myself, sometimes I only needed to read a phrase from Elbow
and my world would open up. He has a knack for seeing both the obvious
and what no one else sees.
Elbow, an early influence on eportfolio practices and theory, is leading a
3-hour workshop at the AAEEBL Annual Conference in Boston, July 16 – 19 at the
Seaport World Trade Center. His workshop is on the Monday pre-conference
day, 8:30 to 11:30. You need to register for the conference to then
register for this pre-conference workshop: http://aaeebl.org/2012conference
involved with eportfolios should attend this workshop. It is a rare
chance to spend time with a legend. Using eportfolios necessarily
requires students to write and to write in different contexts, both formally
and informally. In any course, no matter the field, using eportfolios
increases opportunities for students to write; the value of good written
communication is amplified in an eportfolio-based learning design. Elbow
explores how our concept of "literacy” and our actual literacy practices are
changing quickly, and he sees these changes as positive.
have started reading this book and keep saying to myself "finally! Someone has
thought through these issues and is making sense.” We now "speak” in
writing in forms such as Twitter and Facebook, blogs, email. The
controversies around how technology is altering our communication forms leave
us grasping for appropriate terms or reasonable perspectives to understand
these changes. Having just read a part of this magnificent book, I
already feel better. I have somewhere to turn for a better understanding
and for the realization that the popular issues around writing at this moment
actually have a long history. Reading this book, we not only learn more
about current changes but about the whole nature of writing over time.
do conference-goers experience a plenary workshop. Usually, a
plenary speaker would just speak for an hour. In this case, Peter Elbow
has been generous enough to do a 3-hour workshop and then spend another hour
with us on Tuesday afternoon in an informal "conversations” session.
You’d have the chance to attend his workshop and then, the next day, join with
him again to discuss your thoughts or questions from the workshop.
you would read Vernacular Eloquence between now and July 16, and then
have a chance to engage in conversation with the author from an informed
viewpoint during the workshop and the next day during the Conversations
of the most pointed criticisms employers make about college graduates is "they
can’t write.” Ouch. In Vernacular Eloquence, we find out
possible reasons why this is true.