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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Supporting a 'Literacy Revolution'

“Writing surrounds us: it's not something we do just in school or on the job but something that is as familiar and everyday as a pair of worn sneakers or the air we breathe.” – Andrea Lunsford

Author of The Everyday Writer, one of the best texts on writing that any aspiring writer could hope to have on his or her desk, Lunsford has made a name for herself as a distinguished essayist, editor and teacher.  She also is a faculty member in two great writing venues, Stanford University, where she heads up the writing program, and at the annual Bread Loaf School near Middlebury, Vermont.
Robert Frost also liked to spend his summers teaching at the Bread Loaf School, which gets its name by virtue of its location – on Middlebury College’s mountain campus below Bread Loaf Mountain.
Great writing and great teaching about it – in literature, creative writing, and theater – has taken place there since 1920 using tools developed by teachers like Lunsford, who has given us all the gift of writing through her marvelous text.   Everyday Writer, by the way, is just one of more than a dozen books this writing coach has written.

In a recent study she helped lead, she said she believes technology is “reviving … and pushing literacy in bold new directions.”    She said young people today write far more than any generation before them because so much socializing takes place online, and it almost always involves texting – “life writing,” as Lunsford calls it.  “I think we’re in the midst of a literacy revolution the likes of which we haven’t seen since Greek civilization.” 

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