composition’s future is Write Now

Daniel Anderson has seen the future of freshman composition, and he’s willing to share:

…I’m calling the project Write Now. It will consist of two books, a writing guide and a handbook, each with extensive new media emphasis and content.

Both books will involve a good deal of public composing and social networking in their development. In fact, a key aspect of the project will be the way the development is opened up to public participation. I’ll gladly build from the models so well developed by the Institute for the Future of the Book. The open and public composition processes they have set up for both the GAM3R 7H30RY and Without Gods books represents the kind of shared or moderated writing I’d like to accomplish. I’ll also point to Collin’s Rhetworks, Jeff’s Digital Detroit, and Jenny’s Auditory Epideictic as paving the way for actualizing the social possibilities for scholarship. I’d like to do something similar with my next textbooks…

Anderson is promising “playlist, podcast, photo essay, collage, video collage, online profile, and dozens of other technology-based assignments,” all of which are powerful examples of rhetoric in this digital age of social networks. It’s rare that I get excited about composition textbooks, but this project is one of the most promising I’ve seen since the McQuades’ landmark Seeing & Writing.

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