Invite the Author to the Conversation

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One consequence of the prevalence of the Web is that it’s easier than ever to locate and contact people (for good or bad). That includes the authors of the essays you may be reading in class. Have your students search for the email address or contact information for the author for an essay under discussion in class and then as a group or class project have them assemble a list of questions they’d like to ask the author. Submit these to the author as a way of extending the class conversation.Listen to this Post! An Audio Bits Podcast (0:39 min)
About the Author
Barclay Barrios is an Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing Programs at Florida Atlantic University, where he teaches freshman composition and graduate courses in composition methodology and theory, rhetorics of the world wide web, and composing digital identities. He was Director of Instructional Technology at Rutgers University and currently serves on the board of Pedagogy. Barrios is a frequent presenter at professional conferences, and the author of Emerging.