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A Cure for Writer's Block: Writing for Real Audiences

By: Anne Rodier
Publication: The Quarterly, Vol. 22, No. 2
Date: Spring 2000

Summary: By reconstructing a dialogue with one of her students, Rodier supports her belief that "if your writing has no possibility of . . . reaching a real audience . . ., then there will be no investment in the work."

 

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Over time we have discovered that our students are just like us: They have to grow into being writers. They have to believe that what they have to say is important enough to bother writing. They have to experience writing for real audiences before they will know that writing can bring them power.

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