Peter Elbow: On Writing

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The video is great! Can anyone tell me the song at the end? It sounds like Jeff Buckley but I can't be certain and it sounds like he is messing around with The Beatles Paperback Writer but perhaps some other song as well?

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Peter Elbow has been both a pioneer and advocate in making writing available to everyone. I really enjoyed learning more about the way he defines and characterizes different types of writing and audiences. The presentation was a little dry, but visually simple and well organized, making the ...Read more

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Th content in the video is excellent. Thank you for the talk and advice about writing.

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it was nice to know i felt the same way he did.

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