Welcome to My World
A Writing Course
Martha C. Pennington [+–]
Birkbeck University of London
Martha C Pennington is a Research Fellow in Applied Linguistics and Communication at Birkbeck University of London. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, where she became a tenured Lecturer teaching English to international students while completing her degree. She has also held Professorial and administrative posts at the University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the City University of Hong Kong, the University of Bedfordshire, Elizabethtown College, and the School for African and Oriental Studies of the University of London. She previously edited a column for Gendai Eigo Kyoiku (Modern English Teaching) and was editor-in-chief of Writing & Pedagogy. She is currently editor of the book series Innovation and Leadership in English Language Teaching (Brill, formerly Elsevier), Frameworks for Writing (Equinox), and Applied Phonology and Pronunciation Teaching (Equinox). Pennington’s books on pronunciation are Phonology in English Language Teaching: An International Approach(Longman), Phonology in Context (Palgrave Macmillan), and (with P Rogerson-Revell) English Pronunciation Teaching and Research: Contemporary Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan). She has published articles on the teaching of pronunciation in edited collections and in TESOL Quarterly, The Modern Language Journal, and RELC Journal, and has guest-edited a special issue (52.1) of RELC Journal on Pronunciation Teaching.
Theresa Malphrus Welford [+–]
Georgia Southern University
Theresa Malphrus Welford is associate professor of writing at Georgia Southern University. She has published poetry, critical writing, and creative nonfiction, edited two poetry collections (The Paradelle and The Cento: A Collection of Collage Poems, both with Red Hen Press), and has a scholarly book, Trans-Atlantic Connections: The Movement and New Formalism, forthcoming with Story Line Press.
Welcome to My World stems from the belief that all student writers are capable of creating memorable written work. By focusing on subjects that most student writers in late adolescence or early adulthood will find interesting – centering on people, places, times, values, and passions – the authors of Welcome to My World aim to help novice writers feel a sense of personal connection and genuine motivation that are the basis of all good writing. To this end, Welcome to My World is filled with ideas, language, and activities gleaned from writing workshops, from informal writing groups, and from years of experience as writers and as teachers.
The book provides writing topics and suggested readings on family, home, generational issues, ethics, technology, the environment, and other contemporary issues that can draw on and be connected to courses of study and individual interests in any subject. It includes sequenced assignments that lead from quickwrites to polished pieces incorporating different kinds of research and that invite students to write traditional academic essays, creative pieces, or hybrid genres incorporating academic themes within creative genres such as poetry, creative nonfiction, and drama. Academic and creative pieces by published writers, including the authors’ own work, and by several student writers are included as examples and models for the writing assignments.
Series: Frameworks for Writing