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Teaching the Works of Eudora WeltyTwenty-First-Century Approaches$
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Mae Miller Claxton and Julia Eichelberger

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496814531

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496814531.001.0001

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Finding the Freshman Voice

Finding the Freshman Voice

Using One Writer’s Beginnings in the Classroom

(p.167) Finding the Freshman Voice
Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty

Virginia Ottley Craighill

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses the use of Eudora Welty’s One Writer’s Beginnings as a tool for first-year writing classes and argues that a student’s exposure to books as a child is an indicator of their later abilities as writers. To that end, Welty’s autobiography introduces to students the concepts of listening for the voice of the text to find their own, seeing beyond the image to what it represents, and discovering their own style. The essay presents pedagogical methods for analysis and imitation of Welty’s syntax and language as a way for students to enhance their own writing and considers the practice of reading texts aloud as a way towards better emotional comprehension.

Keywords:   One Writer's Beginnings, books, writing pedagogy, voice, Shakespeare

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