'Snack' and 'Binge' writing: editorial for Journal of Academic Development and Education

Rowena Murray

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For this paper I was invited to write about snack writing – writing in short time slots. I have written about this elsewhere (Murray 2011, 2013, 2014a), but it is such a productive strategy, and seems to work on so many levels – generating text, boosting confidence, getting into the writing habit – that it is worth writing about again.

For this paper, I decided to deploy seven rhetorical modes (Fahnestock
and Secor 1990). Whenever I introduce these rhetorical modes in
courses, people immediately see their potential for academic writing.
Learning about rhetorical modes during my PhD had a major impact
on my writing: I learned a repertoire of structures, each with its set of
components, and saw that using these modes would make my writing
more coherent. It also made my writing process more coherent and less

The following sections provide definitions of each mode, followed by
examples of the modes-in-action in 100-word sections, all focusing on
the subject of snack writing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-8
Number of pages4
JournalThe Journal of Academic Development and Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014


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