A radical rethinking of the teaching of writing

To CCCC attendees


If you teach writing, you know frustration intimately and probably can identify with this email I just got from Karen D.:

“I’ve been banging my head against the wall trying to teach students to write for several years now. A friend sent me an article referencing your CWG. I’m intrigued. Is it possible to look through it before buying?”

If you want to take a look, as Karen did before deciding to buy,  here are six sample pages (from an 82 page book):  CWG sample pages

To understand where this course came from, read the best brief explanation, “Teaching College Students to Write,” under the John’s Essays tab.

The basic message of the readability method is optimism: using the College Writing Guide’s  well-tested exercises, teachers can bring  student writers to surprising levels of skill and clarity in one semester.  You could also take a look at the student samples linked on the home page. I do appreciate your visiting this site. –John Maguire

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John G. Maguire
Chelmsford MA