I am delighted to have published “Twessays and Composition in the Digital Age” with Hybrid Pedagogy on the 8th of February 2017. The article was collaboratively peer reviewed by Rebecca Halpern and Elizabeth Lenaghan. It is, in some ways, a response to Jesse Stommel’s “The Twitter Essay,” also published in Hybrid Pedagogy.
My article considers that
While written assignments are typically growing in length in line with the ever-expanding volume of resources available to student writers, platforms like Twitter demand more succinct approaches to writing and offer a range of non-traditional stylistic options in its toolbar. Perhaps the twessay is the haiku of the essay genre: short but with a depth of field when well-deployed.
I go on to discuss the use of Twessays in a first year digital humanities module as a means of introducing students to critical thinking and critical writing in a short form. If you take the time to read the full article, please leave a comment on the journal website with any thoughts, ideas, opinions, etc, etc. I’d love to hear from other people who use Twitter in similar ways.