Rethinking Your Writing: Rhetoric for Reflective Writers

By E. Shelley Reid
Designed by Mike Palmquist

CoverWith its emphasis on both rhetoric and reflection, Rethinking Your Writing foregrounds the inquiry and decision-making processes that help writers succeed in today's writing task—and transfer that learning to the next one. Students are invited to move beyond “just do it” writing to more deliberately predict, problem-solve, and reflect throughout their process.

Created from the start as an online book, Rethinking also helps support instructors as they engage students with many kinds of writing tasks, from typical first-year assignments like narratives and research-based arguments to writing that happens in response to more complex rhetorical situations, such as community-based writing, writing in multiple genres, and writing across disciplines:

  • The modular, cross-linked design helps faculty assign and students locate information needed for any writing situation.
  • In-depth, student-friendly sections guide students’ thinking on vital but less visible elements of writing, such as threshold concepts, rhetorical analysis, reflective practice, peer review, writers’ dispositions, critical reading, research processes, and questions of equity.
  • A book-wide focus on how writers choose their approaches based on their goals, resources, and constraints supports learners who are exploring new genres and audiences, and lays the groundwork for discussion of how writers use tools like Generative AI.
  • More than 70 innovative writing exercises help writers explore and practice relevant strategies.

In Rethinking Your Writing, E. Shelley Reid provides a versatile guide that can be tailored to the needs of almost any course or classroom. Whether you select a single module to supplement your current resources or use the text throughout your course, this book is designed to help you engage your students and deepen their understanding of how writers learn and succeed in school, their careers, and beyond.

Table of Contents

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Front Matter


Part One. Rethinking Your Writing: New Frameworks for Writers

Chapter 1. Reframing Your Story About Writing

Chapter 2. Adopting Productive Writers’ Habits

Chapter 3. Responding to Readers’ Needs

Part Two. Composing as a Reflective Writer

Chapter 4. Reflecting Throughout Your Writing Process

Chapter 5. Planning a Writing Project

Chapter 6. Reading as a Writer

Chapter 7. Generating and Organizing an Early Draft

Chapter 8. Designing Across Modalities

Chapter 9. Reviewing a Written Draft

Chapter 10. Revising From Feedback and Reflection

Chapter 11. Editing in Context

Chapter 12. Creating Your Writing Theory

Part Three. Exploring Common Writing Patterns

Chapter 13. Applying and Adapting Genres

Chapter 14. Selecting and Combining Composing Moves

Chapter 15. Developing Projects that Explain

Chapter 16. Developing Projects that Analyze

Chapter 17. Developing Projects that Argue

Chapter 18. Developing Projects that Propose Change

Part Four. Inquiring and Researching

Chapter 19. Early Inquiry: Exploring Research Questions

Chapter 20. Middle Inquiry: Finding, Evaluating, and Integrating Information

Chapter 21. Late Inquiry: Addressing Gaps and Complications

Chapter 22. Integrating and Acknowledging Sources

Part Five. Exercises

Chapter 23. Exercises for Analyzing Audience and Genre

Chapter 24. Exercises for Identifying Writers’ Goals

Chapter 25. Exercises for Starting and Deepening Inquiry

Chapter 26. Exercises for Critical Thinking and Assumption Checking

Chapter 27. Exercises for Generating and Organizing

Chapter 28. Exercises for Revising

Chapter 29. Exercises for Improving Writing Dispositions

Exercises in Alphabetical Order

About the Author

E. Shelley Reid is Associate Professor of English and Executive Director of the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning at George Mason University. Her work on teacher preparation, mentoring, and writing education appears in Composition Studies, College Composition and Communication, Pedagogy, To Improve the Academy, Writing Program Administration, and Writing Spaces.

Publication Information: Reid, E. Shelley. (2024). Rethinking Your Writing: Rhetoric for Reflective Writers. The WAC Clearinghouse; University Press of Colorado.

Digital Publication Date: June 4, 2024
Print Publication Date: TBD

ISBN: 978-1-64215-226-5 (PDF) | 978-1-64215-227-2 (ePub) | 978-1-64642-669-0 (pbk.)
DOI: 10.37514/PRA-B.2024.2265

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Practices & Possibilities

Series Editors: Aimee McClure, Clarke University; , Kelly Ritter, Georgia Institute of Technology; Aleashia Walton, University of Cincinnati; and Jagadish Paudel, University of Texas at El Paso

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