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Writing Research Resources

Use the GWRJ Tags to find published pieces on writing research, writing identity, and writing researcher identity.

In this Bad Ideas about Writing chapter, Elizabeth Wardle argues that there is no such thing as writing in general, that writing is always situated and particular. Wardle describes how every new situation, audience, and purpose requires writers to transfer, or repurpose, what we know from previous writing experiences.

In this Writing Spaces article, Zack DePiero and Ryan Dippre describe the complex and dynamic nature of writing across different contexts and situations. They emphasize that writing is not a static activity but a constantly shifting practice influenced by our environments, purposes, and audiences.

In this Bad Ideas about Writing chapter, Monique Dufour and Jennifer Ahern-Dodson challenge the myth that writing requires hard and fast rules, arguing that rules dismiss the complexity of writing and undermine the skills and identities of writers. Instead, they suggest treating any writing rules as a repertoire of techniques that writers can draw on as we write.

In this Writing Spaces article, Mike Bunn approaches reading as something writers can do to consider the choices that authors make in constructing our texts. Bunn describes what it could mean to read like a writer and offers questions for us to think about as we read.

In this Writing Spaces article, Susan Antlitz acknowledges the difficulties writers face in identifying topics. Antlitz provides specific genre practices for writers to use to make personal connections between our worlds and our writing topics.

In this Writing Spaces article, Paul Lynch discusses the 5-paragraph essay as a genre that, unfortunately, many writers are familiar with. Lynch discusses the limitations of this supposed genre and how we could reconsider essay writing as readers, writers, and learners.

In a blog post, Dana Murphy observes how we often do not see ourselves as writers. Murphy questions how we can help people gain an awareness of our writing practices and develop our writing identities.


In a blog post, Pernille Rip discusses the importance of developing an awareness of our writing practices. Rip talks about how writing is a complex activity and provides insights to consider when thinking about our writing identities and practices.

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