By Deborah Brandt
Deborah Brandt is professor emerita of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was a longtime writing teacher and writing program administrator. She is author of the award-winning Literacy in American Lives and a 2011 Guggenheim fellow. She just finished a new book about changing relationships between reading and writing, as seen through the experiences of workaday writers, and is at work on a co-authored book about writing development across the lifespan.
The first two times Writing Center director Brad Hughes invited me to contribute something to Another Word, I didn’t respond. This resistance puzzled me in some ways. My career has been dedicated to teaching and studying writing. I am a champion of all things writing – with the UW-Madison Writing Center high on the list. Some of my happiest moments in life are spent writing. Besides, aren’t blogs among the most appealing forms of expression? Breezy, easy, low stakes, anything goes—an embodiment of the best democratic potential of the Internet? So when Brad asked for the third time, I thought, okay, what’s the harm? (more…)