Writing Without Reading: The Decline of Literature in the Composition Classroom
I’d like to welcome you to the inaugural issue of Forum: A Publication of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers. Many members of the ALSCW have long sought a new venue in which position papers, commissioned studies, and critical views on a range of pedagogical, educational, cultural, and scholarly subjects reflecting the distinctive perspective of our organization might be made available to a wide audience. With the founding of our newest imprint, Forum, the ALSCW has just such a vehicle. The new imprint is not intended to replace, but rather to supplement our long-standing and distinguished journal, Literary Imagination. Forum will appear on an occasional basis and with the approval of the Executive Council of the ALSCW. Our inaugural issue makes available to members of the ALSCW and to other interested readers “Writing Without Reading: The Decline of Literature in the Composition Classroom”, which was commissioned by the Executive Council of the ALSCW. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank John Briggs, the author of this report, for his timely and considered work on a culturally significant issue. Finally, I would like to encourage everyone to read and to share with others the first issue of our new imprint. Forum promises now and in the future to bring greater attention, critical respect, and scholarly distinction to the ALSCW, an organization flourishing as it enters its second decade on the public scene.