Writing Resources

On Writing: Reflections and Theory

  • Vivian Gornick – The Situation and the Story: Introduction   (download)
  • Jane Tompkins – Me and My Shadow (download)
  • Paul Stoller – Sensuous Scholarship: The Scholar’s Body & Chapter One (download)
  • George Orwell – Why I Write (link)
  • Joan Didion – Why I Write (download)
  • Bart Beaty – How I Solved My Midlife Crisis (link)
  • Amy Tan – Mother Tongue (download)
  • Kristen Lindgren – Body Language: Disability Narratives and the Act of Writing (download)

Landscape and Narrative

  • Barry Lopez – Landscape and Narrative (download)
  • Leslie Marmon Silko – Landscape, History, and the Pueblo Imagination (download)
  • John Elder – Reading the Mountains of Home – Chapter 1 (download) & Chapter 2 (download)

Writing Within/Beyond the Disciplines: History, Anthropology, Ethnography, Popular Magazine–The New Yorker, Literature–Narrative Criticism

  • Jasper Becker – Hungry Ghosts, Chapter 13   (download)
  • Michael Jackson – At Home in the World, Chapter 6   (download)
  • Paul Stoller – Sensuous Scholarship: The Scholar’s Body & Chapter One (download)
  • Louis Menand – Head Case: Can Psychiatry be a Science?   (link)
  • Louis Menand – Honest, Decent, Wrong: The Invention of George Orwell (link)
  • John Elder – Reading the Mountains of Home – Chapter 1 (download) & Chapter 2 (download)

Writing With Cultural Self Awareness (theory and models)

  • Beverly Tatum – Defining Racism: “Can We Talk?” (download)
  • Peggy McIntosh – The Invisible Knapsack (download)
  • Dorothy Allison – A Question of Class (download)
  • Julia Alvarez – A White Woman of Color (download)
  • George Orwell – Shooting An Elephant (download)
  • James Baldwin – Here Be Dragons (download)
  • bell hooks – Teaching to Transgress, Chapter Ten, A Dialogue
  • Eli Clare – Gawking, Gaping, Staring (download)

Politics, Media, Education

  • Arundhati Roy – Peace Is War, Part Two (download)
  • bell hooks – Feminism: A Movement to End Sexist Oppression (download)
  • Stephen Kuusisto – Teaching By Ear (download)
  • Ray Pence – Learning From My First Teaching Year (download)

Fiction

  • Julia AlvarezTen of My Writing Commandments (download)


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