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Teaching Multiwriting

Teaching Multiwriting

Researching and Composing with Multiple Genres, Media, Disciplines, and Cultures

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Robert L. Davis and Mark F. Shadle


Paperback (Other formats: E-book)
256 pages, 6 x 9, 16 illustrations


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Formulaic ways to train students in composition and rhetoric are no longer effective, say authors Robert L. Davis and Mark F. Shadle. Scholar-teachers must instead reinvent the field from the inside. Teaching Multiwriting: Researching and Composing with Multiple  Genres, Media, Disciplines, and Cultures presents just such a reinvention with multiwriting, an alternative, open approach to composition. Seeking to open the minds of both writers and readers to new understandings, the authors argue for the supplanting of the outdated research paper assignment with research projects that use multiple forms to explore questions that cannot be fully answered.
This innovative volume, geared to composition teachers at all levels, includes sixteen helpful illustrations and provides classroom exercises and projects for each chapter.


Robert L. Davis is the director of undergraduate writing and a professor of English–writing at Eastern Oregon University. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, including an online multigenre textbook coauthored with Mark Shadle.
Mark F. Shadle is a professor of English–writing at Eastern Oregon University. In addition to publishing his work in journals and books, he presents workshops with coauthor Robert Davis on multiwriting and alternative composition methods.


Teaching Multiwriting is a fantastic book; it’s timely, energetic, hip, nicely researched, and inventive. Davis and Shadle offer pragmatic and inspiring advice, as well as a contextual basis for pedagogical change. I will make this a required book the next time I teach an undergraduate or graduate course in composition theory.”—Derek Owens, author of Composition and Sustainability: Teaching for a Threatened Generation