How We Write: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blank Page



The contributors range from graduate students and recent PhDs to senior scholars working in the fields of medieval studies, art history, English literature, poetics, early modern studies, musicology, and geography. All are engaged in academic writing, but some of the contributors also publish in other genres, includes poetry and fiction. Several contributors maintain a very active online presence, including blogs and websites; all are committed to strengthening the bonds of community, both in person and online, which helps to explain the effervescent sense of collegiality that pervades the volume, creating linkages across essays and extending outward into the wide world of writers and readers.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Written Chatter and the Writer’s Voice
Suzanne Conklin Akbari

Wilderness Group Tour
Michael Collins

How I Write (I)
Suzanne Conklin Akbari

How I Write (II)
Alexandra Gillespie

The Community You Have, The Community You Need: On Accountability Groups
Alice Hutton Sharp

This Would Be Better If I Had A Co-Author
Asa Simon Mittman

On the Necessity of Ignoring Those Who Offer Themselves as Examples
Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

How I Write (III)
Maura Nolan

Errant Practices
Richard H. Godden

Cushion, Kernel, Craft
Bruce Holsinger

Writing By Accumulation
Stuart Elden

Travelling Through Words
Derek Gregory

Wet Work: Writing as Encounter
Steve Mentz

Writing (Life): Ten Lessons
Daniel T. Kline

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