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Steve Sherwood

Steve Sherwood holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Colorado, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (fiction) from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from TCU. Dr. Sherwood is the Director of the W.L. Adams Center for Writing at TCU. In addition to having published short stories, articles, and essays in a number of journals, his publications include five books: the St. Martin´s Sourcebook for Writing Tutors, 4th edition (2011), with Christina Murphy), Writing Centers: An Annotated Bibliography (1996, with Murphy and Joe Law), the mystery novel Hardwater (2005), awarded the Garrett Prize for fiction, Field Guide: Essays and Stories (2014), and his latest mystery-suspense novel No Asylum (2014).  He is secretary of the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers and has served as president of the South Central Writing Centers Association and the Conference of College Teachers of English (CCTE), which presented him with the Frances Hernández Teacher-Scholar Award in 2020. His research and teaching interests include writing centers, classical and contemporary rhetoric, humor theories, composition theory and pedagogy, and the modern American West. Dr. Sherwood regularly teaches courses in writing fiction and nonfiction in the Master of Liberal Arts program at TCU.      419F Reed Hall           vita

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Selected Publications


No Asylum (Huntsville, TX: Texas Review Press, 2014) 

Field Guide: Essays and Stories (Fort Worth, TX: Angelina River Press, 2014)

St. Martin´s Sourcebook for Writing Tutors (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2011)

Hardwater (Huntsville, TX: Texas Review Press, 2005)

Essays and Fiction

“Humor and the Rhetorical Proprieties in the Writing Classroom.” Teaching Writing (2013)  View

“Grand Lake.” Adelaide Literary Magazine (2017) View

“Changing Perspectives Through In-Class Workshops.”
Insights into Teaching and Learning (2013)  View

“Physical Education.” The Clearinghouse: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues, and Ideas (2013) View

“Better Writing Through Apprenticeship Learning: Helping to Solve the Ill-Structured Problem.”
Journal of Teaching Writing (2004)  Web Reprint.

“Assassinations.” Amarillo Bay (2003)  View

“Portrait of the Tutor As An Artist: Lessons No One Can Teach.” Writing Center Journal (2007)  View

“Censoring Students, Censoring Ourselves: Constraining Conversations in the Writing Center.” Writing Center Journal (1999) View

“Apprenticed to Failure: Learning from the Students We Can’t Help.” Writing Center Journal (1996) View

“Wilderness as a Psychic Dumping Ground: The Psychology of Littering.”
Weber Studies: An Interdisciplinary Humanities Journal (1994)  Web reprint.

“Ethics and Improvisation.” Writing Lab Newsletter (1997) View