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Author Interview: Dr. LaRonce M. Hendricks (Part Two)

Today we continue our interview with Dr. LaRonce M. Hendricks. Dr. Hendricks is the self-published author of  A Guide for Writing Teachers: How to Build Effective Writing Communities in College.

You can read the first part of the interview here.

Dr. Hendricks, what inspired you to write your book?

Dr. LaRonce M. Hendricks

A Guide for Writing Teachers  was inspired by an in-depth research study while I was pursuing a doctor of Education degree at Valdosta State University. Moustakas (1994) said before a researcher can investigate a phenomenon, the researcher would need an autobiographical connection. If not, the researcher’s experience would be like looking for a needle in a haystack.

As a matter of expediency, I began with my own autobiographical connection in an attempt to understand and recognize the phenomenon by exploring my journey with writing: as a first-year college student and as an English instructor at a technical college.

My journey with writing was an anticlimactic experience. I would equate it with taking a long journey on a rocky road with many precipitous hills and low valleys. I always had a deep desire and affinity for learning. For years, I had longed for an opportunity to enroll at a university, but fear kept me away–fear that felt like sharp knives piercing inside my belly. On one particular day in 1990, however, I found the courage to walk up the steps to the door of Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia.

For my first writing assignment, I had to write a three-page reflection paper on Ordinary People  by Judith Guest (1976). I connected with Judith’s story immediately because of a similar tragedy that had occurred in my family; however, this novel brought insights and meaning to my college writing, more than one could ever imagine. As I wrote about Ordinary People, something magical happened! I wrote so much that I forgot about the grammar rules and all those “disgramming grammar sentences” (The Education Week, 2016).

(Response to be continued in next week’s post.)

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We’ll present the third part of our interview with Dr. LaRonce Marie Hendricks next week. Her book, A Guide for Writing Teachers: How to Build Effective Writing Communities in College, is available at Amazon and the AuthorHouse Bookstore.

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