Writer's Voice: The Gateway to Dialogue

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Cathi Shaw


Writer's voice is a term that is used almost universally in composition instruction. Despite the widespread use of the term, there is no consensus amongst scholars with respect to a standard definition of the term. This paper offers a new conceptualization of voice with a focus on academic literacy and student writers. Through a merging of Vygotsky's theory of Inner Speech and External Thought with Bakhtin's concept of the Utterance a definition of writer's voice is proposed that honors both meaning-making and text production in academic discourse.


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Shaw, C. (2010). Writer’s Voice: The Gateway to Dialogue. SFU Educational Review, 4. https://doi.org/10.21810/sfuer.v4i.351
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Cathi Shaw, UBC-Okanagan, Okanagan College

Instructor, Continuing Studies, UBC-Okanagan College Professor, Dept of Communications, Okanagan College