National Writing Project

The Quarterly Article Wins Writing Award

By: NWP Staff
Publication: The Quarterly, Vol. 26, No. 2
Date: 2004

The editors of The Quarterly are pleased to announce that an article written by Sarah Rider, a Northern California Writing Project teacher-consultant, is a winner of this year’s Gold Award from the Society of National Association Publications (SNAP). The article, titled “Tolerating Intolerance: Resisting the Urge to Silence Student Opinion in the Writing Classroom,” appeared in a 2003 issue of the National Writing Project’s journal, The Quarterly (Volume 25, Number 1). It received the award in the category of best article in publications with a circulation of less than 25,000.

“Tolerating Intolerance” details the author’s experiences working with a white-separatist student in a first-year college writing course. “I began this piece with the desire to examine decisions I made as an instructor regarding a ‘difficult’ student,” said Rider. “As I recounted the semester with William—his extreme points of view, his interactions with the assignments, and his relationships with the other students—I found that I had made new discoveries about the dynamics of the classroom.”

Sarah Rider attended the SNAP award presentation ceremony in Washington, D.C., on June 17 to receive her award. You can read her complete article on the NWP website.

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