"Affect and Wayfinding in Writing after College." College English. Vol. 82.6 (July 2020). (563-590)
This article explores the emergence of emotion and affect as important dimensions of how, approximately three to ten years after graduation, writers with bachelor’s degrees engage in composing activity professionally and personally. Specifically, this article looks at how emotion about writing projects can serve as signposting, allowing writers to connect to their work and compose in ways that have an emotional impact on readers. More compellingly, emotions can also orient—and re-orient—writers toward a better understanding of what they need, and want, that writing to do. This emotional engagement builds their self-definition and identity as writers. After reviewing relevant scholarly literature in the field, the authors turn attention to an examination of survey and focus group data that demonstrate how emotion and affect, sometimes unexpectedly, are powerful resources that individuals engage with in developing their own senses of themselves as writers.
“Toward Wayfinding: A Metaphor for Understanding Writing Experiences.” Written Communication, Vol. 37.1 (2020). (104–131)
In this essay, we map out four major approaches to the study of writing experiences: (a) worlds apart, (b) literacy in the wild, (c) ecologies and networks, and (d) transfer. We examine how the primary metaphors used in each approach have contributed to our field’s understanding of writing. In focusing on specific dimensions of writing, each framework privileges a different aspect of the writing process, writing development, and/or writers’ context(s). Building on these approaches, we propose the concept of wayfinding to emphasize how writers navigate their own writing development, skills acquisition, and changing knowledge about writing over time. Wayfinding offers a metaphor that resonates with recent work on lifelong learning and meaningful writing. Among other characteristics, wayfinding emphasizes how writers encounter a continuous potentiality in writing and how they navigate unanticipated challenges and opportunities.
Lindsey Harding, Robby Nadler, Paula Rawlins, Elizabeth Day, Kristen Miller, and Kimberly Martin. "Revising a Scientific Writing Curriculum: Wayfinding Successful Collaborations with Interdisciplinary Expertise." College Composition and Communication 72:2 (December 2020). (333-368)