• Video interview with Naomi Silver, author of Developing Writers chapter eight, discussing the applications of her chapter for students of writing.

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    My name's Naomi Silver, and

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    I'm the Associate Director at
    the Sweetland Center for Writing.

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    And I've been working for quite a while on
    multimodal writing and digital writing.

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    Writers had to really rethink what
    they understood writing to mean, or

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    composing, if we wanna speak more broadly.

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    To think about writing or composition as

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    a communication of a message
    in whatever medium or

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    mode is most effective
    to convey the meaning,

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    the purpose,
    the exigency of that piece of writing.

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    That could take a number
    of different forms.

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    And it may be that there would be,
    you would have a variety of choices

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    as a writer, that you might wanna,
    that maybe a video would be a good

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    way to convey the argument or
    the idea that you want to convey.

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    But that the reason that would
    be a good idea would be because

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    there are visual aspects to that message,
    or

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    that communication, that argument,
    that are necessary.

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    One other thing that I found surprising
    was in a sense, and maybe this

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    is kind of a strong word, but in a sense
    how transformative they would say things.

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    Like, I had to completely
    rethink what I was doing and

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    sort of how I am as a writer has changed.

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    If students can think about
    disciplinary writing rhetorically

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    as not just following
    a certain set of rules but

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    as being intended for a certain audience,
    having a certain purpose.

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    Then that thinking will help them
    when they write multimodally or

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    when they try to transform,
    say, a scientific paper for

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    a specialist audience into a podcast for
    popular audience, right?

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    That it may be that they're not

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    thinking about the work that they
    are presenting radically differently.

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    But they need to be thinking about,
    if I'm creating a podcast and I'm thinking

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    about this popular audience, yeah,
    how am I gonna bring this story to life?

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    Then also, how am I gonna use
    the affordances of that medium,

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    like sound effects or
    whatever it might be?

Interview with Naomi Silver: For Students

From Developing Writers in Higher Education: A Longitudinal Study by Anne Ruggles Gere, Editor

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