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Scholarly articles

Nancy Sommers’s scholarly work spans three decades and is frequently anthologized. Included here is a sampling of Nancy’s work—articles on revising, responding, writing development, program administration, and other topics—available for download as PDFs.

“Revision Strategies of Student Writers and Experienced Adult Writers”   Read Summary  >

“Revision Strategies of Student Writers and Experienced Adult Writers”

College Composition and Communication, December 1980

As the author explores perceptions about revision, she asks us to consider, “Why should revision be forgotten?” Sommers shares her findings on the subject after questioning both student and teacher writers alike, asking them to explain what revision means to them. The author challenges us not only to dismiss the notion of revision as a dirty word, but to embrace it as an essential and fruitful tool that could, and should be an important part of the writing process.

“Responding to Student Writing”   Read Summary  >

“Between the Drafts”   Read Summary  >

“I Stand Here Writing”   Read Summary  >

"The Language of Coats"   Read Summary  >

“The Novice as Expert: Writing the Freshman Year” (with Laura Saltz)   Read Summary  >

“The Case for Research: One Writing Program Administrator’s Story”   Read Summary  >

“Across the Drafts”   Read Summary  >

“The Call of Research: A Longitudinal View of Writing Development”   Read Summary  >

“Don’t Tell the Aunts”   Read Summary  >