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There’s this collation tool online called Juxta. It allows you to compare two
documents, and it highlights the differences between them in at least two ways.
First, it shows both documents side by side, highlighting differences and
drawing diagonal lines showing how pieces of the text have shifted. Second, it
creates a heat map on just a single document, showing by lighter and darker
shades of highlighting how different this document is from the other(s).
Now, a tool like this is meant for scholars in literary and
textual studies; for example, one who is interested in determining whether the edition
of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass
available through Google Books matches the copy in her local library. (Whitman
was a compulsive reviser, and digital reproductions of pre-1900 texts are notoriously
mismanaged. So this scholar could find some interesting results!)
But I propose another use for collation software like Juxta:
it can be used to learn about revision. Instead of comparing two pri…
As mentioned in my
previous blog, I teamed up with a fellow creative writer and tutor to explore
ways to help fellow tutors consult on creative writing. We began the project
this spring and presented our training session to our fellow tutors in October.
In this blog, I will detail our presentation and results. In “Is There a Creative
Writer in the House?” Wendy Bishop discusses the benefit of working with
different types of writing. “By analyzing the styles of writing you encounter
in the world you’ll become a more proficient brainstormer and adviser to your
clients on the options available to them…. Then, put all these bits of advice
in service of helping the writers you work with interrogate convention and
experimentation as tandem parts of the writing process.” Essentially, we need
all different types of writing and we can take many of the lessons we learn
from one field to another. Our presentation focused
on one main idea to help consultants tackle creative writing sessi…