The Best Creative Nonfiction

Last fall, Creative Nonfiction and Norton held a “Program-off,” a national competition that challenged creative nonfiction MFA programs to submit the best work from their best students. The prize was publication in this collection and ...

Author: Lee Gutkind

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393078469

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 272

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“Intelligent but accessible, and often poignant . . . [by] the biggest talents on the essay and blog beat.” —Publishers Weekly (on Vol. 2) Anyone still asking, “What is creative nonfiction?” will find the answer in this collection of artfully crafted, true stories. Selected by Lee Gutkind, the “godfather behind creative nonfiction,” and the staff of Creative Nonfiction, these stories—ranging from immersion journalism to intensely personal essays—illustrate the genre’s power and potential. Edwidge Danticat recalls her Uncle Moise’s love of a certain four-letter word and finds in his abandonment of the word near the end of his life the true meaning of exile. In “Literary Murder,” Julianna Baggott traces her roots as a novelist to her family’s “strange, desperate (sometimes conniving and glorious) past” and writes about her decision, in The Madam, to kill off a character based on her grandfather. And Sean Rowe explains why, if you must get arrested, Selma, Alabama, is the place to do it. This exciting and expansive array of works and voices is sure to impress and delight.

Creative Composition

This book brings together contemporary authors and well-respected creative writing instructors and theorists to explore ways creativity in composition may be encouraged in student writers.

Author: Danita Berg

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

ISBN: 9781783093632

Category: Education

Page: 216

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This book brings together contemporary authors and well-respected creative writing instructors and theorists to explore ways creativity in composition may be encouraged in student writers. The question in this anthology is not 'Can writing be taught?' but 'How can we inspire students to embrace the creative process no matter what they write?'

The Creative Writing MFA Handbook

Twelve to fifteen students accepted per year ... A program with a good reputation . A very good choice for students who receive funding , and tuition is affordable for those who do not . University of Florida — An intensive two - year ...

Author: Tom Kealey

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826418430

Category: Education

Page: 214

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Guides prospective graduate students through the difficult process of researching, applying to, and choosing graduate schools in creative writing. This handbook includes special sections about Low-Residency writing programs, PhD programs, publishing in literary journals, and workshop and teaching advice.

Creative Writing Pedagogies for the Twenty First Century

... of basic writing (with its emerging emphasis on deep revision) has an even greater impact on my teaching of fiction and creative nonfiction in very specific ways. Assignments Good student writing begins with good assignments.

Author: Alexandria Peary

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 9780809334032

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

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The creative writing workshop: beloved by some, dreaded by others, and ubiqui�tous in writing programs across the na�tion. For decades, the workshop has been entrenched as the primary pedagogy of creative writing. In Creative Writing Pedagogies for the Twenty-First Cen�tury, editors Alexandria Peary and Tom C. Hunley gather together contributing experts from both creative writing and composition studies--a discipline rich with a wide range of established peda�gogies-- to offer innovative alternatives to the traditional creative writing work�shop. Contributors in this volume pres�ent fresh and inventive methods for the teaching of creative writing. Each chapter offers both a theoretical and a historical background for its respective pedagogi�cal ideas, as well as practical applications for use in the classroom. This myriad of methods can be used either to supple�ment the customary workshop model or as stand-alone roadmaps to engage and reinvigorate the creative process for both students and teachers alike.

Creative Nonfiction

FACULTY PRAISE FOR CREATIVE NONFICTION Philip Gerard is the best kind of writing coach—he doesn't ask students to do anything he hasn't done. And when it comes to writing, he's done it all. In Creative Nonfiction he takes students ...

Author: Philip Gerard

Publisher: Waveland Press

ISBN: 9781478608776

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 216

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Nonfiction is in the facts. Creative nonfiction is in the telling. It reads like fiction, but stays loyal to the truth. Philip Gerard walks this fine line with confidence, style and utter zeal, looking at the world with a reporters unflinching eye and offering it up with all the skill of a master storyteller. With the same clarity and passion, Gerard offers instruction and advice to help aspiring and experienced writers create pieces so compelling, so engaging, that readers will never forget them.

Teaching Creative Writing

Failure is the best teacher . Those students who spring back from their mistakes are stronger , better writers . Once a student writer has a firm grasp on screenwriting techniques , it is time to begin to focus ...

Author: Graeme Harper

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826477267

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 188

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Featuring a collection of twelve teaching-focused essays, this work includes an introduction to the subject of creative writing by Graeme Harper. Each chapter draws on key points about the nature of teaching and learning creative writing, and covers vario

Teaching Creative Writing

If you get a great writer , a brilliant writer , that's the gravy . ... I teach a small creative writing class in a women's college in New England , and clearly my best students , very best THE WRITING OF FICTION 81.


Publisher: U.S. Government Printing Office

ISBN: IND:30000065737755

Category: Authorship

Page: 135

View: 949


What We Talk about When We Talk about Creative Writing

Writing is a marathon, not a sprint. Dinty W. Moore: Students bring their own creativity and determination, though these can be nurtured, encouraged and strengthened with a good teacher and serious, committed fellow students.

Author: Dr. Anna Leahy

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

ISBN: 9781783096039

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 267

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Marking the tenth anniversary of the New Writing Viewpoints series, this new book takes the concept of an edited collection to its extreme, pushing the possibilities of scholarship and collaboration. All authors in this book, including those who contributed to Power and Identity in the Creative Writing Classroom, which launched the series ten years ago, are proof that creative writing matters, that it can be rewarding over the long haul and that there exist many ways to do what we do as writers and as teachers. This book captures a wide swathe of ideas on pedagogy, on programs, on the profession and on careers.

The Insider s Guide to Graduate Degrees in Creative Writing

Want to know which programs offer the best funding, have the best student-faculty ratio, are most selective in their admissions, and place the most graduates in college teaching positions and postgraduate fellowships?

Author: Seth Abramson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350000421

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 328

View: 392


There are so many different graduate creative writing programs out there! How do I find the right one for me? Bringing together data from both Master's and doctoral creative writing programs and interviews with program applicants, students, and faculty, this is a complete practical guide to choosing a graduate creative writing program and putting together a successful application. The Insider's Guide to Graduate Degrees in Creative Writing answers frequently asked questions on such topics as: · Application prerequisites · Program sizes and durations · Funding · Acceptance rates · Cost of living · Program curricula and demographics · Workshopping techniques · Student-faculty ratios · Residency options · Postgraduate fellowship placement · Postgraduate job placement · Programs' reputations and histories The book also includes comprehensive and up-to-date hard data on the hundreds of terminal-degree graduate creative writing programs available throughout the US, UK, and internationally, making this an essential read for anyone planning to pursue a low- or full-residency graduate creative writing degree.

Negotiating the Personal in Creative Writing

My conviction is that the teaching of creative writing, at least in undergraduate courses and particularly in introductory courses, should retain that early emphasis. I'm pleased if a few of my best students go on to study writing in ...

Author: Carl Vandermeulen

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

ISBN: 9781847694379

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 229

View: 269


Using the author?s own experiences in addition to a survey of 150 creative writing teachers, this book critiques the creative writing workshop and suggests a possible replacement that ?unsilences? the writer and recognises the complexities of the student?teacher relationship by focussing on dialogue rather than criticism.

Imaginative Teaching through Creative Writing

Of course, it would be reductive and limiting to attempt to meet these standards exclusively through creative writing. Instead, teachers should recognize that literature is often best taught with a creative component to help students ...

Author: Amy Ash

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350152694

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 280

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Growing out of recent pedagogical developments in creative writing studies and perceived barriers to teaching the subject in secondary education schools, this book creates conversations between secondary and post-secondary teachers aimed at introducing and improving creative writing instruction in teaching curricula for young people. Challenging assumptions and lore regarding the teaching of creative writing, this book examines new and engaging techniques for infusing creative writing into all types of language arts instruction, offering inclusive and pedagogically sound alternatives that consider the needs of a diverse range of students. With careful attention given to creative writing within current standards-based educational systems, Imaginative Teaching Through Creative Writing confronts and offers solutions to the perceived difficulty of teaching the subject in such environments. Divided into two sections, section one sees post-secondary instructors address pedagogical techniques and concerns such as workshop, revision, and assessment before section two explores hands-on activities and practical approaches to instruction. Focusing on an invaluable and underrepresented area of creative writing studies, this book begins a much-needed conversation about the future of creative writing instruction at all levels and the benefits of collaboration across the secondary/post-secondary divide.

The Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing

Just as many writing students do not become serious writers, so not all students who sign up for science degrees become ... In the same way that many of our best creative writers have also been among the more insightful critics, ...

Author: David Morley

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139463751

Category: Literary Criticism


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This pioneering book introduces students to the practice and art of creative writing and creative reading. It offers a fresh, distinctive and beautifully written synthesis of the discipline. David Morley discusses where creative writing comes from, the various forms and camouflages it has taken, and why we teach and learn the arts of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. He looks at creative writing in performance; as public art, as visual art, as e-literature and as an act of community. As a leading poet, critic and award-winning teacher of the subject, Morley finds new engagements for creative writing in the creative academy and within science. Accessible, entertaining and groundbreaking, The Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing is not only a useful textbook for students and teachers of writing, but also an inspiring read in its own right. Aspiring authors and teachers of writing will find much to discover and enjoy.

Teaching Creative Writing to Second Language Learners

While there are many exercises out there, most are “usually targeted at younger students” (Bussinger, 2013). ... To avoid this, I have tried to mix the best practices of creative writing teaching with relevant research in different ...

Author: Ryan Thorpe

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000467406

Category: Education

Page: 294

View: 389


This timely and accessible book offers engaging guidance to teachers of second language students on teaching creative writing in their classrooms. Creative writing is a tool that can inspire second language learners to write more, play with language, and enjoy and improve not only their writing, but also their speaking, listening, and reading skills. Addressing the expectations and perceptions of writing in another language, Thorpe demonstrates how to foster successful creative writing environments and teach and assess creative writing in a way that is tailored to the distinct needs of non-native speakers. Covering key topics such as cultural storytelling, voice, genre, and digital composition, assessment, and more, Thorpe shares successful creative writing instructional practices informed by current research in creative writing and second language education. Each chapter includes insights, advice, and student examples that can help new teachers take their first steps in more reflective second language creative writing classroom. An invaluable resource for instructors of non-native students and an ideal text for pre-service teachers in courses in TESOL, writing instruction, and applied linguistics, this book invites you to use creative writing not only as a successful method for teaching L2 writing, but also as a way to improve student motivation and output, for more effective language learning.

Research Methods in Creative Writing

I am told that academic funding for creative projects in many countries, including the UK and Australia, is still in its nascency. ... Good programmes won't beat the individuality out of students who arrive with it.

Author: Jeri Kroll

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350309210

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 248

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A guide to the modes and methods of Creative Writing research, designed to be invaluable to university staff and students in formulating research ideas, and in selecting appropriate strategies. Creative writing researchers from around the globe offer a selection of models that readers can explore and on which they can build.

Vernacular Eloquence

If you call it creative nonfiction, you don't have to apologize for allowing students to use “I” and write personally. It's an approach that often brings out some of the best student writing and helps them enjoy writing and grow as ...

Author: Peter Elbow

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199912896

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 456

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Since the publication of his groundbreaking books Writing Without Teachers and Writing with Power, Peter Elbow has revolutionized how people think about writing. Now, in Vernacular Eloquence, he makes a vital new contribution to both practice and theory. The core idea is simple: we can enlist virtues from the language activity most people find easiest-speaking-for the language activity most people find hardest-writing. Speech, with its spontaneity, naturalness of expression, and fluidity of thought, has many overlooked linguistic and rhetorical merits. Through several easy to employ techniques, writers can marshal this "wisdom of the tongue" to produce stronger, clearer, more natural writing. This simple idea, it turns out, has deep repercussions. Our culture of literacy, Elbow argues, functions as though it were a plot against the spoken voice, the human body, vernacular language, and those without privilege-making it harder than necessary to write with comfort or power. Giving speech a central role in writing overturns many empty preconceptions. It causes readers to think critically about the relationship between speech, writing, and our notion of literacy. Developing the political implications behind Elbow's previous books, Vernacular Eloquence makes a compelling case that strengthening writing and democratizing it go hand in hand.

Creative Story Writing

Creative Writing will guide students through the story writing process. This book is designed to help the child with thinking up ideas, providing starting points for writing, structuring and organizing their writing into paragraphs.

Author: Sally A. Jones

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 0955831504

Category: Creative writing (Middle school)

Page: 82

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12 exciting themed work books to choose from. * Each title has a different creative writing theme, which will stimulate a child's imagination and inspire them to write. * Each booklet provides 2 or 3 stories in several paragraphs to read and re-draft and provides stimulating ideas for follow up activities. * Booklet may be used in any order and purchased by parents as and when required as a magazine would be purchased. * Prepares children for more advanced writing. * Aimed at children of 9-14 years, who require extra practice with creative writing. * Excellent for stretching able writers with additional writing tasks.

Creative Writing

For example, T.M. Amabile carried out an experiment with seventy-two creative writing students in 1985 (Amabile, 1985). ... your writing teachers to be favourably impressed with your writing talent' and 'You know that many of the best ...

Author: Linda Anderson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317797029

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 664

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Creative Writing is a complete writing course that will jump-start your writing and guide you through your first steps towards publication. Suitable for use by students, tutors, writers’ groups or writers working alone, this book offers: a practical and inspiring section on the creative process, showing you how to stimulate your creativity and use your memory and experience in inventive ways in-depth coverage of the most popular forms of writing, in extended sections on fiction, poetry and life writing, including biography and autobiography, giving you practice in all three forms so that you might discover and develop your particular strengths a sensible, up-to-date guide to going public, to help you to edit your work to a professional standard and to identify and approach suitable publishers a distinctive collection of exciting exercises, spread throughout the workbook to spark your imagination and increase your technical flexibility and control a substantial array of illuminating readings, bringing together extracts from contemporary and classic writings in order to demonstrate a range of techniques that you can use or adapt in your own work. Creative Writing: A Workbook with Readings presents a unique opportunity to benefit from the advice and experience of a team of published authors who have also taught successful writing courses at a wide range of institutions, helping large numbers of new writers to develop their talents as well as their abilities to evaluate and polish their work to professional standards. These institutions include Lancaster University and the University of East Anglia, renowned as consistent producers of published writers.

The Practice of Creative Writing

These habits and strategies make it possible for students to focus, to generate lots of writing, and to get to the good stuff -- the powerful imagery and the stories they really want to tell.

Author: Heather Sellers

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

ISBN: 0312436475

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 448

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The Practice of Creative Writing is designed for all students in the introductory course, including those who may never take another writing class. Its message is, simply put: you can do this, and it's worthwhile to try. Heather Sellers, who writes in multiple genres herself, has developed an approach that focuses on the habits and strategies that produce good writing in any genre. These habits and strategies make it possible for students to focus, to generate lots of writing, and to get to the good stuff -- the powerful imagery and the stories they really want to tell. She makes creative writing fun by providing opportunities to be playful and to experiment at the same time she teaches students the importance of discipline and craft.

The Science of Story

Sean Prentiss and Nicole Walker As professors of creative nonfiction, we—Sean and Nicole—teach students to write creative nonfiction. ... Can a hermit crab essay best describe how multiple perspectives reflect a common story?

Author: Sean Prentiss

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350083905

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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Bringing together a diverse range of writers, The Science of Story is the first book to ask the question: what can contemporary brain science teach us about the art and craft of creative nonfiction writing? Drawing on the latest developments in cognitive neuroscience the book sheds new light on some of the most important elements of the writer's craft, from perspective and truth to emotion and metaphor. The Science of Story explores such questions as: · Why do humans tell stories? · How do we remember and misremember our lives - and what does this mean for storytelling? · What is the value of writing about trauma? · How do stories make us laugh, or cry, make us angry or triumphant? Contributors: Nancer Ballard, Mike Branch, Frank Bures, J.T. Bushnell, Katharine Coles, Christopher Cokinos, Alison Hawthorne Deming, David Lazar, Lawrence Lenhart, Alan Lightman, Dave Madden, Jessica Hendry Nelson, Richard Powers, Sean Prentiss, Julie Wittes Schlack, Valerie Sweeney Prince, Ira Sukrungruang, Nicole Walker, Wendy S. Walters, Marco Wilkinson, Amy Wright.

Creative Writing and Education

(Yancey, 2009: 140–141) In the courses we teach, assessment of our students' creative writing activities (broadly defined as ... Best practices associated with writing assessment include some of the following: • Define which specific ...

Author: Graeme Harper

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

ISBN: 9781783093533

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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This book explores creative writing and its various relationships to education through a number of short, evocative chapters written by key players in the field. At times controversial, the book presents issues, ideas and pedagogic practices related to creative writing in and around education, with a focus on higher education. The volume aims to give the reader a sense of contemporary thinking and to provide some alternative points of view, offering examples of how those involved feel about the relationship between creative writing and education. Many of the contributors play notable roles in national and international organizations concerned with creative writing and education. The book also includes a Foreword by Philip Gross, who won the 2009 TS Eliot Prize for poetry.