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8 Ch r i s A n s o n DOI: 10.7330/9781607326625.c008 CHRIS ANSON is distinguished university professor and director of the Campus Writing and Speaking Program at North Carolina State University. Previously, he spent fifteen years at the University of Minnesota, where he directed the Program in Composition from 1988 to 1996 and was Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor. Anson has received numerous awards, including the North Carolina State University Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professor Award, the State of Minnesota Higher Education Teaching Excellence Award, and the Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. He has received or participated in over $1.8 million in grants. Anson has published sixteen books including the popular textbooks A Guide to College Writing and the co-authored Longman Handbook for College Writers and Readers, and over 115 journal articles and book chapters and is on the editorial or readers’ boards of ten major journals. He is also a former chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication and president of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. Over the course of his career, Anson has taught a variety of courses in composition pedagogy, writing across the curriculum, writing program administration, and writing for teaching. In addition to currently directing the writing program at North Carolina State, he has previously held other administrative positions such as co-director of the Teacher Training program and coordinator of Advanced Composition at University of Minnesota. The interview took place on August 13, 2013, via Skype. christine: When I started working on the idea for this collection, I asked a lot of graduate students and faculty colleagues whose writing practices they would most like to hear about, and your name was one of the ones frequently mentioned. chris: Really? I’m amazed. Chris Anson   93 christine: Yes, and I think I understand why. You’ve published a hundred plus journal articles, fifteen books, and just generally had a prolific academic writing career. The writing is consistently published year in and year out after looking at your CV. Is there something you’ve always wanted to write about that you haven’t gotten to? chris: Well, I did my first MA at Syracuse in creative writing. My plan was not to become a university professor. I wanted to be a novelist. That’s where my interest in academic writing really began, surprisingly, in the creative writing realm. I got drawn toward the study of writing at Syracuse. I was really interested in how people write, and that kind of sucked me right in to composition studies, and so I kind of put on hold, the really creative work until maybe I retire. [laughs] christine: [laughs] I hear that a lot actually. chris: What I’ve done, what I’ve managed to do, I think, is try to approach some things within the profession a little more creatively. So I’ve written lots of scenarios for example. I did a whole book of scenarios on writing across the curriculum, where I edited a bunch of other people’s scenarios and then added one in each of my own in each of the chapters. If you look at my CV, I’ve been involved in scenario writing for faculty development for a long time, and those are kind of like bad fiction. [laughs] christine: [laughs] And that’s where the connection between creative and academic writing lies for you? chris: Yes. So I did this early work in creative writing and then put that on hold and tried to build some creativity into some of the more academic things that I wrote along the way. But getting back to your question, if there’s one thing I really want to do it’s write a novel eventually. In the short term I also have a piece I’ve been working on for several years, which I want to get finished. It’s an article on the transfer of writing ability across contexts. It’s kind of a tour de force, but I just have to get finished with it because a lot of other projects have gotten in the way. That’s a more immediate “want to get done” project. christine: You mentioned the faculty development angle. I run several workshops for faculty on how to become more productive writers . I notice you also offer writing workshops for faculty on how to integrate writing in the classroom. Are you able to pass on your own...

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