Revising Moves: Writing Stories of (Re)Making

Edited by Christina M. LaVecchia, Allison D. Carr, Laura R. Micciche, Hannah J. Rule, and Jayne E.O. Stone

Utah State UP/UP Colorado  |  Amazon

Revision sometimes seems more metaphor than real, having been variously described as a stage, an act of goal setting, a method of correction, a process of discovery, a form of resistance. Revising Moves makes a significant contribution to writing theory by collecting stories of revision that honor revision’s vitality and immerse readers in rooms, life circumstances, and scenes where revision comes to life.

In these narrative-driven essays written by a wide range of writing professionals, Revising Moves describes revision as a messy, generative, and often collaborative act. These meditations reveal how revision is both a micro practice tracked by textual change and a macro phenomenon rooted in family life, institutional culture, identity commitments, and political and social upheaval. Contributors depict revision as a holistic undertaking and a radically contextualized, distributed practice that showcases its relationality to everything else. Authors share their revision processes when creating scholarly works, institutional and self-promoting documents, and creative projects. Through narrative the volume opens a window to what is often unseen in a finished text: months or years of work, life events that disrupt or alter writing plans, multiple draft changes, questions about writerly identity and positionality, layers of (sometimes contradictory) feedback, and much more.

Current Work In-Progress

Undercared-for Chronic Suffering

My collaborators and I are studying patients’ experiences with contested, medically unexplained symptoms and conditions, which we have termed undercared-for chronic suffering. These are conditions and symptoms that are difficult to diagnose, treat or measure under the typical medical paradigm. Undercared-for chronic suffering is characterized by long, expensive, and potentially confusing or conflicting diagnostic journeys, and patients commonly feel misunderstood, unimportant, and/or delegitimized

Why offer a new term for these conditions and symptoms? Traditionally the literature has used terms that emphasize their biological uncertainty (e.g., idiopathic, medically unexplained). Our term refocuses attention on the effects of that uncertainty (like patients feeling doubted rather than the uncertainty itself), thereby lending legitimacy to these patients’ social and physical experiences with illness. We hope that our qualitative systematic review can offer interventions and policies that support careful and kind care.


Peer-Reviewed Articles in Rhetoric and Composition

Cover of WPA, volume 47, issue 1LaVecchia, Christina M. “‘But This Is Bullshit’: Enforcing Boundaries as a Pregnant WPA.” WPA: Writing Program Administration, vol. 47, no. 1, 2023, pp. 76–81.

Peitho journal logoMorris, Janine, Hannah J. Rule, and Christina M. LaVecchia. “Writing Groups as Feminist Practice.” Peitho, vol. 22, no. 3, 2020.

Blewett, Kelly, Christina M. LaVecchia, Laura R. Micciche, and Janine Morris. “Editing as Inclusion Activism.” Scholarly Editing: History, Performance, Future, special issue of College English, vol. 81, no. 4, March 2019.

composition forum logoLaVecchia, Christina M. “Toward a Materially Engaged Pedagogy of Listening.” Composition Forum, vol. 35, Spring 2017.

of peerentingLaVecchia, Christina M. “Of Peerenting, Trophy Wives, and Effeminate Men: Modern Family’s Surprisingly Conservative Remediation of the Family Sitcom Genre.” Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion, vol. 6, Spring 2011. doi: 10.15760/harlot.2011.6.6

  • How Writing Works 2nd edition coverRepublished in How Writing Works: With Readings. Edited by Jordynn Jack and Katie Rose Guest Pryal, 2nd ed., Oxford UP, 2022.
  • How Writing Works 1st edition coverRepublished in How Writing Works: With Readings. Edited by Jordynn Jack and Katie Rose Guest Pryal, 1st ed., Oxford UP, 2014, pp. 751–6.

Peer-Reviewed Articles in Healthcare

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LaVecchia CM*, Espinoza Suarez NR*, Morrow AS, Fischer KM, Kamath C, Boehmer KR, Brito JP. ABLE to support patient financial capacity: A qualitative analysis of cost conversations in clinical encounters. Patient Educ Couns. 2022 Nov;105(11):3249-3258. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2022.07.016. Epub 2022 Jul 25. PMID: 35918230. [free pre-print]

Cover of Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality, & OutcomesEspinoza Suarez NR, Urtecho M, LaVecchia CM, Fischer KM, Kamath CC, Brito JP. Impact of Cost Conversations During Clinical Encounters Aided by Shared Decision-Making Tools on Medication Adherence. Mayo Clin Proc Innov Qual Outcomes. 2022 Aug;6(4):320-326. doi: 10.1016/j.mayocpiqo.2022.05.005. eCollection 2022 Aug. PubMed PMID: 35782878; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC9240368.

Patient Education and Counseling journal coverKunneman M, Hargraves IG, Sivly AL, Branda ME, LaVecchia CM, Labrie NHM, Brand-McCarthy S, Montori V. Co-creating sensible care plans using shared decision making: Patients’ reflections and observations of encounters. Patient Educ Couns. 2022 Jun;105(6):1539-1544. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2021.10.003. Epub 2021 Oct 9. PubMed PMID: 34711446.

Golembiewski EH, Gravholt DL, Torres Roldan VD, Lincango Naranjo EP, Vallejo S, Bautista AG, LaVecchia CM, Patten CA, Allen SV, Jaladi S, Boehmer KR. Rural Patient Experiences of Accessing Care for Chronic Conditions: A Systematic Review and Thematic Synthesis of Qualitative Studies. Ann Fam Med. 2022 May-Jun;20(3):266-272. doi: 10.1370/afm.2798. PubMed PMID: 35606138; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC9199043.

Boehmer KR, Pine KH, Whitman S, Organick P, Thota A, Espinoza Suarez NR, LaVecchia CM, Lee A, Behnken E, Thorsteinsdottir B, Pawar AS, Beck A, Lorenz EC, Albright RC. Do patients with high versus low treatment and illness burden have different needs? A mixed-methods study of patients living on dialysis. PLoS One. 2021;16(12):e0260914. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0260914. eCollection 2021. PubMed PMID: 34962932; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC8714126.

Cover of Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality, & OutcomesLaVecchia CM*, Espinoza Suarez NR*, Fischer KM, Kamath CC, Brito JP. “Impact of Cost Conversation on Decision-Making Outcomes.” Mayo Clin Proc Innov Qual Outcomes. 2021 Aug;5(4):802-810. doi: 10.1016/j.mayocpiqo.2021.05.006. eCollection 2021 Aug. PubMed PMID: 34401656; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC8358194.

LaVecchia CM, Montori VM, Shah ND, McCoy RG. “Values informing the development of an indicator of appropriate diabetes therapy: Qualitative study.” BMJ Open. 2020 Dec 2;10(12):e044395. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-044395. PubMed PMID: 33268435; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7713200.

Cover of Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality, & OutcomesEspinoza Suarez NR, LaVecchia CM, Ponce OJ, Fischer KM, Wilson PM, Kamath CC, LeBlanc A, Montori VM, Brito JP. “Using Shared Decision Making Tools and Patient-Clinician Conversations about Costs.” Mayo Clin Proc Innov Qual Outcomes. 2020 Aug;4(4):416-423. doi: 10.1016/j.mayocpiqo.2020.04.013. eCollection 2020 Aug. PubMed PMID: 32793869; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7411159.

Patient Education and Counseling journal coverHargraves IG, Montori VM, Brito JP, Kunneman M, Shaw K, LaVecchia C, Wilson M, Walker L, Thorsteinsdottir B. “Purposeful SDM: A problem-based approach to caring for patients with shared decision making.” Patient Educ Couns. 2019 Oct;102(10):1786-1792. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2019.07.020. Epub 2019 Jul 19. PubMed PMID: 31353170; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6717012.

Health Expectations cover imageKunneman M, LaVecchia CM, Singh Ospina N, Abu Dabrh AM, Behnken EM, Wilson P, Branda ME, Hargraves IG, Yost KJ, Frankel RM, Montori VM. “Reflecting on shared decision making: A reflection-quantification study.” Health Expect. 2019 Oct;22(5):1165-1172. doi: 10.1111/hex.12953. Epub 2019 Aug 14. PubMed PMID: 31414553; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6803557.


Cover of Adapting the Past to Reimagine Possible FuturesOlejnik, Mandy, Amy Cicchino, Christina M. LaVecchia, and Al Harahap. “Blurred Boundaries: Sussing Out Thresholds between WAC and WPA in Administrative Professionalization.” Adapting the Past to Reimagine Possible Futures: Celebrating and Critiquing WAC at 50 [Proceedings for the International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference 2020/2021], edited by Jill Dahlman, Heather Falconer, Megan Kelly, and Caleb González, WAC Clearinghouse/UP of Colorado, 2023, pp. 189-204. doi: 10.37514/PER-B.2023.1947.2.13

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LaVecchia, Christina M., Laura R. Micciche, and Janine Morris. “Ruthless, Fussy, Alert: A Quick Guide to Copyediting.” Explanation Points: Publishing in Rhetoric and Composition, edited by John Gallagher and Dànielle Nicole DeVoss, Utah State UP, 2019, pp. 283-86.

man sits at computer editing videoDeWitt, Scott Lloyd, Brian Harmon, Dundee Lackey, and Christina M. LaVecchia. “Techne in 60: The History and Practice of the Concept in 60.” Showcasing the Best of CIWIC/DMAC: Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Digital Environments, edited by Cynthia L. Selfe, Scott Lloyd DeWitt, and Trey Conatser, no. 1, Spring/Summer 2015.


Composition Studies 50th AnniversaryLaVecchia, Christina M. “Anti-Racist Futures for Publishing in Rhetoric and Composition“[Where We Are: What’s Next for (Publishing in) Composition & Rhetoric?]. Composition Studies, vol. 50, no. 1, 2022, 149-152.

Cover of JAEPL vol. 25LaVecchia, Christina M., and Cristina D. Ramirez. “The Versatility of a Rhetoric and Composition Degree: Tales from Former Postdocs Outside the Field.” Connecting: On ‘Showing Up’ in Teaching, Tutoring, and Writing: A Search for Humanity, section of The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning, vol. 25, 2020, pp. 195-201.

Queen City Writers site imageLaVecchia, Christina M. “Teacher Statement on ‘Concept in 60’ Assignment.” Queen City Writers: Showcasing Outstanding Student Work, vol. 3, no.1, 2014.

Minimally Disruptive Medicine blog header imageLaVecchia, Christina M. “Undercared-for Chronic Suffering: Experiences with Medically Unexplained and Contested Illnesses and Symptoms.” Minimally Disruptive Medicine, 9 May 2019.

First-Year Writing Curricula

Kain, James, and Christina M. LaVecchia. Course Packet for English 101. Neumann University, 2021.

Kain, James, and Christina M. LaVecchia. Course Packet for English 102. Neumann University, 2021.

Malek, Joyce, Cynthia Ris, Catherine O’Shea and Christina LaVecchia, editors. Student Guide to English Composition 1001, 2012-2014. Hayden-McNeil, 2012.


LaVecchia, Christina, Janine Morris, Carla Sarr, and Jim Ridolfo. “A Report on the 2012–13 Composition and Rhetoric Category of the MLA Job Information List.” Rhetmap: Mapping Rhetoric and Composition, Sept. 2013.

LaVecchia, Christima M. “Book Review of Phyllis Mentzell Ryder’s Rhetorics for Community Action: Public Writing and Writing Publics.” Community Literacy Journal, vol. 6, no. 2, Fall 2012, pp. 145–9.

Dissertation Abstract

In my dissertation, Toward a Relational Theory of Invention, I argue that rhetorical invention— the constellation of practices and theories involved in discovering or gathering ideas—can be productively theorized as relational. A relational invention is a means of relating to others and to the world; rather than being concerned with origins, it envisions inventive agency as distributed amongst an assemblage of both human and nonhuman actors, like composers, texts, objects, feelings, and sensations. Because it as an emergent method of response, a relational approach to invention invites composers to more closely attune to potentiality and becoming, as well as adapt to and interact with others in an entangled network.

Link to dissertation on OhioLINK


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