The Writer's Workshop: Imitating Your Way to Better Writing

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  • Copyright: 2007-10-30
  • Publisher: Isi Books
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"The Writer's Workshop" takes an approach to teaching writing that is new only because it is so old. Today, rhetoric and composition typically proceed by ignoring what was done for 2,500 years in Western education. Gregory Roper, on the other hand, helps students learn to write in the way the great writers of the past themselves learned: by carefully imitating masters of the craft, including Cicero, Thomas Aquinas, Charles Dickens, Sojourner Truth, James Joyce, and Ernest Hemingway. By living in their workshops and apprenticing to these and other masters, apprentice writers--like apprentice musicians, painters, and blacksmiths of the past--will rapidly improve the complexity of their art and discover their own native voices. Interspersed into chapters full of sound practical advice and challenging assignments are reflections on Great Ideas from "Realism and Impressionism" to "Nominalism and Modern Science." Perfect for the college or even high school writing classroom--as well as a marvelous book for homeschoolers and others who would like to improve their own writing--"The Writer's Workshop" is a fine practical guide, and Dr. Roper a friendly yet demanding teacher-mentor.

Author Biography

Gregory L. Roper, is based in Irving, Texas, (University of Dallas) and from July 1st 2007 will be working in Rome, Italy. Roper is an English professor and director of the Writing Program at the University of Dallas, has taught courses in composition, literature, and various genres of writing at the University of Virginia, Ripon College, and Northwest Missouri State University. A medievalist by training, Dr. Roper has published on penitential manuals and their influence on late-medieval literature, including the Gawain poet and Chaucer, and has written poetry and prose for such general-interest magazines as First Things. His degrees come from the University of Dallas and the University of Virginia.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
To the Student: On Becoming an "Apprentice"p. xiii
To the Teacher: How This Book Really Worksp. xix
Voices of the Senses: Learning How to Describep. 3
Voices of Observation: Describing Actions, Making Meaningp. 23
Voices of Definition: Making Complex Distinctionsp. 49
Voices of Authority: Making Rulesp. 67
Reflection: How You Can Build Beginnings Out of Nothingp. 83
Precision Tools and Finer Crafts
Voices of Logic: Making Sensep. 89
Voices of Argument: Persuading Othersp. 107
Voices of Negotiation: Shaping Your Worldp. 141
Reflection: How You Can Build Shape Out of "A Mess"p. 157
Afterword: Setting Up Shop For Yourself: Leaving the Workshop and Becoming a Masterp. 163
Free-Writing: A Primerp. 171
Works Citedp. 177
Notes for Teacher Usep. 181
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