Dreams and Inward Journeys: A Rhetoric and Reader for Writers
This best-selling collection of readings explores the theme of dreams, the imagination, and the heart connected to the reasoning mind.
Supporting a creative approach to the teaching of writing, Dreams and Inward Journeys presents a rich mixture of reflective essays, stories, and poems. Thematically focused on dream-related topics, the readings chapters discuss such topics as memory, myths/fairy tales, obsessions, sexuality, gender roles, the other, technology, popular culture, nature, and spirituality. Readings move from the personal to the abstract, encouraging students to investigate new ways of seeing and understanding themselves and their relationship to fundamental social issues and universal human concerns. Featuring a dual thematic and rhetorical organization, each chapter also provides practical writing advice on a specific rhetorical pattern, strategies for writing, critical thinking questions, and two to three student sample papers. Beautiful, stimulating art opens each chapter to support the theme and provide prompts for prewriting.
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Writing makes demands on both the creative and the rational sides of the mind.
From the creative and intuitive mind it summons forth details, images, memories,
dreams, and feelings; from the rational and logical mind it demands planning, ...
I used to think that I should try to finish getting my students good at creative
generating before I went on to work on revising and being critical. But I've
discovered that some students won't let go and allow themselves to be creative
till after we ...
While many people are inspired by the examples of creative visionaries in
different fields and can learn from studying their techniques, creativity is in large
part a generative rather than an imitative and technical process, a process of
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