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10 Ch e r y l G l e n n DOI: 10.7330/9781607326625.c010 CHERYL GLENN is university distinguished professor of English and Women’s Studies at Penn State University (PSU), where she is John Moore teaching fellow, director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) and co-founder of PSU’s Center for Democratic Deliberation (CDD). She is the author of Rhetoric Retold: Regendering the Tradition from Antiquity through the Renaissance, the first extended history of rhetoric inclusive of women; and Unspoken: A Rhetoric of Silence, the first rhetoric of silence, and the forthcoming Feminist Rhetorical Studies: Essays on a Field of Dreams. She served as the 2008 chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and in 2009 she was named Rhetorician of the Year. In 2015, Glenn was elected to be the inaugural president of the Global Society for the Study of Women in Discourse and Rhetoric. She co-edits two book series and has published prize-winning articles; many chapters; a widely adopted writing pedagogy text (now in its eighth edition); and numerous textbooks on grammar, research, and writing (also in multiple editions). Her research, teaching, and mentoring have earned her numerous honors and awards, including three grants from the National Endowment of the Humanities and best article awards from College Composition and Communication and Rhetoric Review. Before coming to Penn State, she taught for eight years at Oregon State University. Glenn’s interview took place on September 13, 2013, via Skype. christine: I recently interviewed Jessica Enoch about her writing habits , and she credits a large part of her success as a writer to having you as a writing role model. What writing habits do you practice that you try to also instill in your students? Are there some set strategies that you tend to give all of your graduate students or undergraduate students to help them become writers? cheryl: Well, that’s a good question. So much of what I do seems so natural now because I’ve been teaching so long. My graduate students and my undergraduates have been really successful; I’m so proud of them. I 108   How Writing Faculty Write wouldn’t take credit for any of their success, but I would say they’re all successful. I think I get the best graduate students . . . that’s why! christine: [laughs] Well, Jessica and I had a wonderful interview, and I know she credits a lot to you. cheryl: Let’s start with that. Of my graduate students, six of them have won national dissertation awards, so I think that says something about what great writers they are and what great writing habits they have. Five of them have won the CCCC’s [Conference on College Composition and Communication] dissertation award. christine: That’s amazing. cheryl: I think that says a lot for them. All of them wrote in dissertation writing groups which I have formalized here at Penn State, and I run two or three dissertation writing groups a semester. They’re not all my students. The students have to get permission from their advisor to join a dissertation writing group, and we learn how we work together to read and respond to one another’s work. So, the idea that they have work due on a regular basis I think helps them write. christine: They learned the techniques it takes to get to publication early in their graduate careers. cheryl: I think Jess would probably say that one thing she learned from me is to get a rough draft. It doesn’t matter how bad it is; just get it out so you can start revising and not be prideful about that first draft . . . and to write every day. I don’t write on the same project every day, but I’m writing on one book project or another every day because of deadlines. I think what Jess sees and my other graduate students see is that I’m in the office, and in between meetings I’m writing. Many professors don’t come to the office, as you know. christine: [laughs] I do know. cheryl: I come every day unless I’m traveling, of course. I travel quite a bit but otherwise I’m here every day and this is where I do my writing. And I think that’s a good habit, which means that it’s rare that I write at home. If I don’t go home until 7:00 o...


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