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Date of Award

Spring 2011

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication


Wendy Bishop’s work, “Suddenly Sexy: Creative Writing Rear-ends Composition,” is focused on the necessity of flexible relationships between first-year composition professors and creative nonfiction writers for the improvement of composition pedagogy. This emphasis on collaboration and merging is even more important now due to the personal relationships and self-awareness established in online writing environments. In addition to the exploration of confused definitions in expressivist theory and the negotiation that Bishop puts forth in her work, this thesis focuses on the new influences of online writing environments on writing culture. Through the process of research and narrative, Bishop’s ideals and goals from 2003 are compared to the composition pedagogy and experiences of a graduate student instructor of composition in James Madison University’s Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication Program in 2011. With the help of communication theory by Barbara Warnick and Carolyn Miller, a modern viewpoint clarifies. It is necessary at this point to perform another round of research that is focused on theorists who emphasize the pedagogical attributes of teaching creative nonfiction and technology in first-year composition.