Writing across Contexts

Transfer, Composition, and Sites of Writing

by Kathleen Blake Yancey, Liane Robertson, and Kara Taczak

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Winner of the 2015 CCCC Research Impact Award 

Winner of the 2016 CWPA Best Book Award

"[Both timely and extremely useful. . . .Yancey, Robertson, and Taczak’s discussion of different types of composition courses, courses common at my institution—among many others, I am sure—allows WPAs like me to rethink how the first-year writing assignments we develop may or may not lead to the kind of knowledge transfer we hope will occur. . . . [Writing across Contexts] provides a theoretical and practical road map for us to rethink and reflect on our own curriculum so that we are serving our students in ways that allow them to succeed in writing contexts across the university."

—Tom Pace, Composition Studies


Addressing how composers transfer both knowledge about and practices of writing, Writing across Contexts explores the grounding theory behind a specific composition curriculum called Teaching for Transfer (TFT) and analyzes the efficacy of the approach. Finding that TFT courses aid students in transfer in ways that other kinds of composition courses do not, the authors demonstrate that the content of this curriculum, including its reflective practice, provides a unique set of resources for students to call on and repurpose for new writing tasks.

The authors provide a brief historical review, give attention to current curricular efforts designed to promote such transfer, and develop new insights into the role of prior knowledge in students' ability to transfer writing knowledge and practice, presenting three models of how students respond to and use new knowledge—assemblage, remix, and critical incident.

A timely and significant contribution to the field, Writing across Contexts will be of interest to graduate students, composition scholars, WAC and writing-in-the-disciplines scholars, and writing program administrators.


Kathleen Blake Yancey is Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English and Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University and past president/chair of NCTE, CCCC, and CWPA. The recipient of several awards, she has authored/edited many articles/book chapters and books, most recently A Rhetoric of Reflection and Assembling Composition.

Liane Robertson is assistant professor in the Department of English at William Paterson University.

Kara Taczak is on the faculty of the University Writing Program at the University of Denver.

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  • Paperback Price: $24.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-87421-937-1
  • Ebook Price: $20.00
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  • Publication Month: May
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Pages: 215
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  • Author: by Kathleen Blake Yancey, Liane Robertson, and Kara Taczak
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