It's Gonna Be Messy: Using the Process Writing Approach in Expository Writing

Posted by Anne Connor on 10 February 2014 | Comments

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<p>Creative writers - writers of fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, memoir - they know what they're doing when it comes to teaching writing as in actually showing, not telling, student writers the craft. Through group workshop, student writers learn how to slow down the revision process, how to listen for voice, how to read aloud to an audience to hear what the reader will hear and they learn so many other invisible aspects of the writing process that are not covered in composition texts. Students understand that expository writing is different from what they think of as creative writing; what they don't understand is that expository writing is also a creative genre and that understanding writing from a process approach will make them richer writers regardless of the genre or assignment they face. While the process approach is now enjoying some popularity in school curricula across the US, many adult college students, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, missed out on learning the keys to the craft. The process approach to writing is an essential key for adults to learn at the college level.</p>