Readings about Reading

13 Reading is Not Essential to Writing Instruction

Julie Myatt

Julie Myatt’s argument in this essay is the opposite of her title, “Reading is Not Essential to Writing Instruction.” In her essay, Myatt addresses the necessary connections between reading and writing for both students and faculty in writing classes.

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Keywords from this chapter in Bad Ideas about Writing

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Author Bio from Bad Ideas about Writing

Dr. Julie Myatt joined the faculty of Middle Tennessee State University in 2008. She currently serves as the Director of MT Engage. Before that, she was Co-Director of General Education English and GTA Coordinator for the English department. Dr. Myatt teaches first-year composition, sophomore literature, and graduate courses in composition. She is currently researching how children’s picture books about divorce attend to the feelings of shame and isolation that divorcing parents and children often experience.


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