"What Students Talk About When They Talk About Writing"

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Indiana English
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tweller@indstate.edu

Indiana English welcomes submission from students and teachers of all grade levels for a forthcoming issue themed “What Students Talk About When They Talk About Writing.”

What do students enjoy about writing and writing instruction? What do they find frustrating? What advice from teachers do they find helpful? What advice do they ignore? Why? How can teachers provide students the opportunity to honestly and thoughtfully reflect on their writing and writing instruction? How can this type of reflection benefit students and teachers? We seek pieces that address these and related questions in a variety of ways.

Topics students may wish to address include but are not limited to:
Why do you enjoy writing or dislike writing?
What is your favorite or least favorite element of the writing process? Why?
What types of in-class writing activities are helpful or not helpful?
How does a student write an A paper?
How do you evaluate your own writing? What makes it good or bad?
Creative pieces—poetry or short fiction—related to writing or writing instruction

Topics teachers may wish to address include but are not limited to:
Analysis of students’ public evaluations of writing instructors (i.e. ratemyteachers.com)
In-class activities to help students reflect on their own writing and writing process
Assignments to help students reflect on their own writing and writing process
Using one-on-one conferences as an opportunity for students to reflect on their writing and writing process
How to use students’ reflections on their work and instruction to improve writing instruction
Creative pieces—poetry or short fiction—related to students reactions to writing and writing instruction

Submissions of 3,000 words or less are preferred.

Please format submissions with a one-inch margin on all sides, double spacing, and a twelve-point Times New Roman font. Scholarly pieces should follow the citation style in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th Edition.

Send all submissions as Microsoft Word attachments to tweller@indstate.edu. Please include a brief bio and contact information in the body of the email.

Authors of published pieces will receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears.

Deadline for submission is June 15, 2011.

Indiana English, currently in its 65th year of publication, is the professional journal of the Indiana Council of Teachers of English. It is a regional peer-reviewed journal with a print distribution of 300 and an online edition available through the Indiana State University Department of English website. Our readership consists of teachers and pre-service teachers of English at all grade levels, from elementary to university, throughout the state of Indiana. Each themed issue contains articles representing all grade levels, as well as a creative writing section with contributions from educators and students. The journal averages between 32 and 48 pages in length, and is published twice annually.

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journals_and_collections_of_essays
rhetoric_and_composition