Denise Comer Archive

End-of-term blues

End-of-Term Blues

Why do I get the blues at the end of each semester? Each time a course ends, pretty much as soon as I submit course grades, I experience the blues: I feel slightly bored, restless, dissatisfied. It usually takes me a week …
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My Top Ten Reasons Why Writing is Hard

Duke University Professor of Writing Dr. Denise Comer lists her top ten reasons why writing can be just plain hard. Many shortcomings or delays in writing are not due to laziness or lack of motivation, but are symptoms of the larger underlying issue: …

Writing Pedagogy in a Global Context

Duke University Professor of Writing Dr. Denise Comer shares her experience of advancing writing studies as a discipline in India and creating global exchanges among writing faculty about writing pedagogy, language, power, and culture. Located outside of Delhi, India, Shiv Nadar University …
Library Instruction

Library Instruction and Writing Courses

Duke University Professor of Writing, Dr. Denise Comer shares her best practices for achieving research objectives by integrating library instruction into writing intensive courses. In what ways, if any, does your institution’s library intersect with writing courses? How does this relationship (or lack thereof) …
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My 5 Favorite Writing Activities

Duke University Professor of Writing, Dr. Denise Comer shares her top 5 writing activities that facilitate contextual learning both inside or outside the classroom. Part of what makes teaching writing fun is how different each class can be. With each iteration of a course, …
End-of-term blues

Designing Writing Projects (Part 1)

Essential Concepts for Designing Compelling, Successful, and Meaningful Writing Projects  Denise K. Comer, Associate Professor of the Practice of Writing Studies and Director of First-Year Writing, Duke University Of the many writing projects you have completed across your education, which ones were your favorites? …
Writing Pedagogy Classroom Community

Classroom Politics in College Writing Pedagogy

Considering “Classroom” Politics (Formerly Known as Classroom Community) Denise K. Comer, Associate Professor of the Practice of Writing Studies and Director of First-Year Writing, Duke University One of—if not the—most important features of writing pedagogy: considering classroom politics. Broadly conceived, this involves considering …
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