Revising: Joe Harris


A reminder that our workshop for writing faculty is Thursday, August 23. We will follow up the plenary session (see schedule below) with a break-out discussion that focuses on strategies for teaching revision. You can find a brief discussion on revision he provides to his students on his course blog here.  For more information, I recommend chapter 5 of Harris’s book Rewriting on “Revising.” There he makes useful distinctions between drafting, revising, and editing. He also proposes 4 questions that can help students guide revision. I have used these with my students, requiring them to provide a summary of their answers, whenever they bring a draft to class. The questions are:

  • What’s the project? [summary/abstract of the argument]
  • What’s working?
  • What else needs to be said?
  • What’s next?

8.45 – 9 am: Coffee, bagels [Goldstein 100]

9 – 10 am: Plenary Session: “Teaching the Moves of the Critical Essay,” Professor Joseph Harris, Duke University [Goldstein 100]

10.15 – 11: Break-out Session #1: Focus on Teaching Revision



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