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How Writing Works

How Writing Works
From the Invention of the Alphabet to the Rise of Social Media

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  • Date Published: March 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316636060

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  • From the invention of the alphabet to the explosion of the internet, Dominic Wyse takes us on a unique journey into the process of writing. Starting with seven extraordinary examples that serve as a backdrop to the themes explored, it pays particular attention to key developments in the history of language, including Aristotle's grammar through socio-cultural multimodality, to pragmatist philosophy of communication. Analogies with music are used as a comparator throughout the book, yielding radically new insights into composition processes. The book presents the first comprehensive analysis of the Paris Review interviews with the world's greatest writers such as Louise Erdrich, Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Ted Hughes, and Marilynne Robinson. It critically reviews the most influential guides to styles and standards of language, and presents new research on young people's creativity and writing. Drawing on over twenty years of findings, Wyse presents research-informed innovative practices to demonstrate powerfully how writing can be learned and taught.

    • An original, comprehensive, contribution to knowledge about the processes of writing from a multidisciplinary perspective
    • Presents a systematic new analysis of the Paris Review interviews with the world's greatest writers
    • Includes unique exploration of music as a comparison with writing, enabling readers to learn more about writing in practice
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    ‘This is an insightful and far ranging book on writing, its history, and how to teach it. Drawing on the insights of philosophers, scientists, educators, and accomplished writers, Dominic Wyse lays bare the power, mystique, and the pleasures of writing.' Steve Graham, Arizona State University

    ‘Wyse's deep dive into the history of writing will make this book an instant classic and a must-read for scholars who study any aspect of writing. It is not an ordinary history of a discipline, but a rigorous and creative text that will make readers rethink relationships between music, composing, creativity and writing across our lifespans.' Jessica Pandya, California State University, Long Beach

    ‘Like music of the soul with an original melody, replete with philosophical and historical notes, this book captures the very essence of writing and composition processes. Dominic Wyse's new volume switches up the tempo of current research to consider writing differently.' Kathy A. Mills, Learning Sciences Institute Australia, Australian Catholic University

    'A comprehensive survey and a meaningful proposal for future practices in education.' Andrew Caines, The Times Literary Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316636060
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • contains: 17 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. A history of writing
    3. Writing guidance
    4. Expert writers
    5. Creativity and writing
    6. Novice writers and education
    7. The process of writing.

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    Dominic Wyse, University College London
    Dominic Wyse is Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education at University College London Institute of Education. He is author of The Good Writing Guide for Education Students and Teaching English, Language and Literacy. He has been an invited expert for BBC Newsnight and the BBC Radio Four Today programme, and for the Guardian and Times newspapers.

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