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A landmark text on the teaching of writing, Donald M. Murray's A WRITER TEACHES WRITING has had a profound influence on composition theory and practice.
Donald M. Murray was a Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire where he inaugurated a journalism program, helped establish a graduate program in Composition Studies, and served as director of Freshman English and English Department chairperson. He twice won awards for his teaching and was awarded honorary doctoral degrees by the University of New Hampshire in 1990, Fitchburg State College in 1992, and New Hampshire College in 1997. As a journalist, Murray won a number of awards including the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in the Boston Herald in 1954. He was an editor of Time and has served as writing coach for several newspapers, including the Boston Globe and the Providence Journal. In 1991 Boston magazine and in 1996 Improper Bostonian magazine selected him best columnist in Boston. In 1997 the University of New Hampshire opened the Donald M. Murray Journalism Library. He received recognition for Lifetime Achievement during the New Hampshire Literary Awards in 2001. In 2003 Writing on the Edge established the Donald M. Murray Prize. This award is given to the author of the best work of creative nonfiction on the subject of writing published the previous year.
"All of Don's books, and especially A WRITER TEACHES WRITING, are inspiring encounters with the man who has influenced generations of writing teachers."
"I have taught and mentored hundreds of teachers in a multitude of contexts since I first picked up A WRITER TEACHES WRITING. And they, in turn, have been introduced in some way, to some thing, that Don Murray has crafted for the field. No matter where we have been or where we go from here--pre-process to post-process and beyond--Don Murray's voice will echo throughout our pedagogical and theoretical conversations."
"Don Murray's A WRITER TEACHES WRITING is to the writing process movement what Walden is to the American Renaissance - part manifesto, part how-to manual, part field guide. Even decades after its first publication, it still remains as wise, comprehensive, and daring as any book I've ever read on writing instruction."
"Donald Murray's great contribution to Composition Studies lies in the powerful simplicity of the idea that is at the center of his work: to teach writing effectively we should understand how writers write. The title of this important book is especially apt, for Murray has always seen himself as a writer as well as a teacher. He helped many of us see ourselves as writers as well, and he taught us to see our students as writers, too."