Weight of the Writing World: Balancing Composition on the Scales of Justice

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Presented at the North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing: Writing Outside the Classroom
February 15-16, 2013

This presentation tells the story of a cooperative effort between the English department and the Law School in creating a writing center: how the Center came to be, how and why it is staffed with graduate students from the English Department, and the practices that equalize the strengths of these two programs across the campus. Specifically, I will explore how our Center balances the best intentions of “writing in the disciplines” with the avoidance of potential danger zones that can come with collaboration.

It is my contention that while compositionists should continue to build bridges beyond the English Department, we must ensure that these relationships value the specialized knowledge we bring to the table, and that the power structures inherent in the system are balanced across the gap.

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  • 1. The Weight of the Writing World: Balancing Composition on the Scales of Justice Tabitha Martin The University of Akron
  • 2. Founded in 1921 2008: •Expansion of the LARW program •Changes in what/how legal writing is taught (⇏ “legalese”) •Law Writing Center: Staffed with English GAs Funded by the Law School
  • 3. Well-defined guidelines for students at the Akron Law Writing Center
  • 4. Workshops
  • 5. What we have in Common Law practitioners ARE writers Compositionists are writers & experts in the teaching of writing Share many ideas about the links between writing & thinking
  • 6. But there are difficulties
  • 7. Law School Pedagogy Socratic method Teacher-focused Honor Code/no collaboration Focused on “form” & conventions
  • 8. Composition Pedagogy Teacher as writing coach/ editor Student-focused Individual conferences, small-group workshopping Focused on content & process
  • 9. Teaching Teaching writing writing LARW Teaching Teaching law law Teaching Teaching analysis analysis
  • 10. English Dept. Concerns That our knowledge & expertise wouldn’t be valued That form-based concerns (grammar, etc.) would overwhelm the attention to composing Power and $$ issues
  • 11. It Can Be Done! Law Comp
  • 12. We must own our expertise Often we feel protective of what we have “scraped up” into a discipline Can’t be afraid to share it Be confident in our knowledge to “loan” what works to other disciplines and let it be adapted as needed
  • 13. What We’ve Learned Building bridges out to the larger world is a balancing act Our knowledge is distinct but applicable in other fields As long as we don’t it let it be subsumed in other disciplines
  • 14. Thank You