In the “post-truth” moment, educators need to cultivate writerly habits, which include attention to language, precision, imagination, questioning, and sustained inquiry. Writerly habits can foster compassion, creativity, critical thinking, and a politics of hope. The hope is that these habits move students toward a more just future.
The Cultivation of Writerly Habits Is a National Emergency
Stacey Waite is associate professor and graduate chair of English at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and has published four collections of poems: Choke (2004), Love Poem to Androgyny (2006), the lake has no saint (2010), and Butch Geography (2013). Waite’s essays have appeared most recently in Writing on the Edge, College Composition and Communication, and Peitho. Waite’s newest book is Teaching Queer: Radical Possibilities for Writing and Knowing (2017).
Stacey Waite; The Cultivation of Writerly Habits Is a National Emergency. Pedagogy 1 April 2020; 20 (2): 225–228. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15314200-8091818
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