Peter Elbow is always readable, and he has written on writing plus both
voice and power. An excerpt from Writing with Power might suit the
course you mention.
Can we retire Orwell on Politics / English Language? The odd and
self-contradictory voice there frightens and discourages many students,
though some get the point Orwell intended.
I hope students also read each other's writing -- papers written in
response to good assignments and showing that ordinary people do have
something to say and can say it with power and voice if given a chance
and some coaching. That's surely the case in a course with such
diversity. It would be more inspirational than reading about writing.
U of Toronto
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>I've been asked to suggest some readings on 'writing and voice' and/or 'writing
>and power' for students to read in a course on 'skills' in our Social Work
>program. I don't know much about the course, but I have been working with
>instructors in SOWK, so far on formulating good assignments. Their rapidly
>expanding program has students ranging in age from 17 to 40+, and is very
>diverse. The writing problems are legion meaning, I gather, that only a
>minority of the students are able to submit a coherent and relatively
>well-written paper sans plagiarism. I think the course in question is being
>designed to encourage students to take their writing seriously and work at
>improving it. (I've not seen the outline, however).
>I am grateful for your suggestions.
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