First, The Backstory:

As I’ve mentioned on my About page, I am an Associate Professor of English and teach writing at a small, liberal arts university in Southern Illinois, USA. I’ve taught at this university for 4 years now, but I’ve been teaching writing, both first year composition and technical writing, for over 10 years.

Consistently during the 10+ years of teaching, I witness students’ struggle as they attempt to write — whether it be a brief, in-class short writing prompt or a longer, research-based persuasive essay. They all struggle.  While I don’t mind the challenging nature of writing nor the difficulties my students encounter, I have long been concerned by students’ responses to that struggle.

I’ll cut right to the chase (as we say here in North America): students, when facing the pitfalls and roadblocks inherent in the writing process, often give up before they’ve even begun.

And I just couldn’t have that. Not on my watch.

Now, if you want to learn more about Brouillon, then visit the Explanation page.

If you’d rather jump right into the exercises and approaches I’ve used, visit the in-Practice page.

Either way, enjoy!

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3 thoughts on “Brouillon

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  2. Hello Suzy! First, I just want to say, what courage you have in teaching writing to so many students for so many years. That’s incredible! Such a gift to those students whom you have worked with. Kudos! Second, you are absolutely right about _play_. Gosh, it takes a long time to figure that out. Thank you for sharing your handout, and – especially – good luck on NaNoWriMo next month! – Theresa

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    • Thank you so much, Theresa! I learn a lot from the students I teach… and the first thing I picked up was that I had forgotten to include play. They seem to enjoy it. 🙂 I am glad the handout is helpful and stay in touch through NaNoWriMo! It is definitely more than I anticipated (already… and it hasn’t even begun!).


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