Home / Sun Devil Shelf Life / Reimagining Process
Cover of Reimagining Process by Kyle Jensen
December 2014
Southern Illinois University Press

College or Unit:

Reimagining Process

Online Writing Archives and the Future of Writing Studies
Kyle Jensen

For more than four decades, the dominant model for pedagogy and research in the field of composition has been a how-centered process approach to writing instruction, which involves studying the writing that students produce to expose the various stages of their writing process. By looking at notes, outlines and multiple drafts, often presented by students together in the form of a portfolio, instructors can identify unproductive habits that students may have and provide techniques that help them improve their writing.

In this groundbreaking volume, Kyle Jensen critiques traditional how-centered process instruction and presents a sound, practical methodology by which portfolios and online writing archives — digital interfaces that expose the marks of revision writers make during composition — might be employed to develop theories about what writing is: how it occurs, functions, circulates, creates meaning and forms its subjects. Offering online writing archives as a way to envision a transdisciplinary approach to writing studies, "Reimagining Process" does not abandon the prevailing concepts of process pedagogy but rather casts them in wider contexts to conceive new ways of teaching and studying writing.


Kyle Jensen is professor of English in writing, rhetorics and literacies at ASU and director of Writing Programs.

Praise for this book

"Jensen has given our field a courageous and important book that is sure to spark many productive acts of reimagination."

Meredith Kruse
Rhetoric Review

"This book makes a valuable contribution to a materialist perspective on writing.”

Anis Bawarshi, University of Washington