Toward A Taxonomy of "Small" Genres and Writing Techniques for Writing Across the Curriculum offer more than 150 "small genres" collected over a number of years by Richard Young in collaboration with Joanne Sipple and others. "The question I asked was whether we could get faculty to use writing in unconventional ways," explained Young. "Ways that didn't require them to invest a great deal of time in responding to student writing but that would nonetheless give students both an authentic writing task and feedback on their writing."
About Richard E. Young
Richard E. Young is Professor Emeritus of Rhetoric and English Literature at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a founder of the Carnegie Mellon doctoral program in Rhetoric, a former chair of the English Department at Carnegie Mellon, an organizing member of the Rhetoric Society of America, and is frequently credited as one of the founders of the modern field of Rhetoric and Composition. Young has written numerous essays and papers that address writing as an epistemic process of rhetorical inquiry. His landmark work, Rhetoric, Discovery and Change, co-authored with Alton Becker and Kenneth Pike, is considered to be one of the early landmark publications in the field.
Publication Information: Young, Richard. (2011). Toward A Taxonomy of "Small" Genres and Writing Techniques for Writing Across the Curriculum. Practice & Pedagogy. Fort Collins, Colorado: The WAC Clearinghouse. Available at http://wac.colostate.edu/books/young/
Publication Date: January 1, 2011