Michael Rifenburg

Writing Coach

Michael has a PhD in Composition/Rhetoric/Literacy from the University of Oklahoma and an MA in Composition in Rhetoric from Auburn University. At both Auburn and Oklahoma, he worked closely with the athletics department and student-athletes and wrote about his experiences in his book The Embodied Playbook: Writing Practices of Student-Athletes (Utah State University Press, 2018). He currently studies U.S. Army writing instruction, specifically with ROTC curriculum, and has traveled to military colleges within the U.S. and in Poland to lead workshops on Army writing. His latest book

He enjoys thinking through qualitative and mixed methods research projects, digging into choices of method and methodology, designing effective literature reviews, and building guiding research questions based on research design and literature review. He loves talking about writing and helping writers think through the various rhetorical decisions they make as they write.


Languages: English

Why I Love Coaching

What do I find so rad about coaching? The opportunity to focus in on specific challenges that writers are currently facing and the opportunity to overcome these challenges together. Coaching is real-time, in-the-moment work between me and a writer. We come together in this moment to work through a challenge and we leave our time together once we overcome the challenge.  If you are puzzling through methods, methodologies, or literature reviews specifically, I would enjoy working as your coach!

Selected Publications

Michael Rifenburg

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