Welcome to My World
A Writing Course
Martha C. Pennington [+–]
SOAS and Birkbeck College, University of London
Martha C. Pennington (Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania) holds positions at the University of London as Professorial Research Associate in Linguistics, School for Oriental and African Studies, and Research Fellow in Applied Linguistics and Communication, Birkbeck College.
Professor Pennington is the founding editor of the journal, Writing & Pedagogy (Equinox), and the editor of two book series, Frameworks for Writing (Equinox) and Innovation and Leadership in English Language Teaching (Brill). She has published 15 books and over 200 articles in edited collections and journals including TESOL Quarterly, Modern Language Journal, System, Journal of Second Language Writing, Language and Education, Language Culture and Curriculum, Computers and Composition, Computer Assisted Language Learning, RELC Journal, and World Englishes.
Her current work centers on creativity in academic writing, effects of technology on literacy, humor and language, bilingualism, and English phonology in applied linguistics.
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