Readings about FYW
Monique Dufour and Jennifer Ahern-Dodson’s essay, “Good Writers Always Follow My Rules,” is from the text Bad Ideas About Writing. This essay, like the whole book, dispels myths about writing. They address how “rules” about writing are really rhetorical techniques that are applicable in some situations but not others. In their conclusion, they remind us that they “are not suggesting that there are no rules and that rules don’t matter.” Instead, Dufour and Ahern-Dodson want us to remember that developing writing skills is dependent on awareness of the situation in which writing takes place.
Keywords from this chapter in Bad Ideas about Writing
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Author Bios from Bad Ideas about Writing
Jennifer Ahern-Dodson teaches writing at Duke University, where she consults with faculty across the disciplines on ways to employ and assess writing in their own courses. She studies the relationship between writing and teaching and has been working with student, community, and faculty writers for more than 20 years. She is @jaherndodson on Twitter.
Monique Dufour is an assistant collegiate professor in the history department at Virginia Tech, where she teaches the history of medicine, the history of books and reading, and writing. She also directs the Medicine and Society minor. Before completing her PhD in science and technology studies, she was a faculty development consultant at Virginia Tech’s Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. As a writer and cultural historian, she investigates scenes of encounter among medicine, science, and the humanities from the 20th century to the present. Her book manuscript, The Embodied Reader, is a history of bibliotherapy, the use and study of reading as a form of medical treatment and a path to health.
is a traditional approach of grammar that tells people how to use the English language, what forms they should utilize, and what functions they should serve
the associated genre conventions with which an author chooses to compose; these conventions include tone, level of formality, choice of register, punctuation, and grammar and syntactical concerns
the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing
an iterative, recursive process in which authors develop compositions