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Author Interview: Dr. LaRonce M. Hendricks

Dr. LaRonce Marie Hendricks is the self-published author of  A Guide for Writing Teachers: How to Build Effective Writing Communities in College, and we’re pleased to welcome her to our Author’s Digest contributor community.

Dr. LaRonce M. Hendricks

Dr. Hendricks, let’s start by telling us a bit about yourself.

I’m an educator at heart. I believe that education is the beginning process of change, which means becoming intellectual challenged, and is a process of developing the cognition to stir one’s thinking to propel further and soar higher. I believe a safe learning environment cultivates and produces knowledge. Lastly, I’m a facilitator, an instructor, motivational speaker, and writer.

Were there any literary influences that influenced your style or choice of genre?

Two qualitative approaches: a phenomenological approach was triagulated with a narrative approach, both of which were used to shape elements for specific qualitative protocols for this genre. Patton (2002) explained that triangulation was a qualitative procedure useful for mutiple methods to shape elements of a qualitative study, and Vagle (2014) explained that a phenomenological approach would allow the researcher to focus on the [meaning] of the phenomena; for example, defining the meaning of negative predispositions toward writing.

Please describe your book for our readers.

A Guide for Writing Teachers  presents three immutable things: (1) it identifies problems, herein called negative predispositions, often experienced by first-year college students; (2) it describes and identifies the 11 negative predispositions; and (3) it suggests 11 alternative approaches to building effective writing communities at colleges.

Quigley (1997) said that most students “do not make it past [the first] three weeks” of college before they slowly fade away. Data findings can aid in improving low achievement scores in composition courses; it can also help administrators to “allocate additional support and programs that [can] better address young adult Millennial students’ unique [learning] needs” (Guyton, 2011).

What was your favorite part of the self-publishing experience?

My favorite part of the self-publishing experience was seeing the final product.

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We’ll present the second 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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