Can Creative Writing Really Be Taught

Revised and updated throughout, this 10th-anniversary edition of Can Creative Writing Really Be Taught? is a significantly expanded guide to key issues and practices in creative writing teaching today.

Author: Stephanie Vanderslice

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474285063

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Revised and updated throughout, this 10th-anniversary edition of Can Creative Writing Really Be Taught? is a significantly expanded guide to key issues and practices in creative writing teaching today. Challenging the myths of creative writing teaching, experienced and up-and-coming teachers explore what works in the classroom and workshop and what does not. Now brought up-to-date with new issues that have emerged with the explosion of creative writing courses in higher education, the new edition includes: · Guides to and case studies of workshop practice · Discussions on grading and the myth of “the easy A” · Explorations of the relationship between reading and writing · A new chapter on creative writing research · A new chapter on games, fan-fiction and genre writing · New chapters on identity and activism

Imaginative Teaching through Creative Writing

26 Gallagher, Teaching Adolescent Writers, 52. 27 Rebecca Manery, “Myths, Mirrors, and Metaphors: The Education of the Creative Writing Teacher,” in Can Creative Writing Really Be Taught (see note 3), 228. 28 Rudine Sims Bishop, ...

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.

Power and Identity in the Creative Writing Classroom

Chief among the sites of enduring struggle is the precarious position upon which creative writing has balanced, ... it is at a cocktail party where there are creative writing teachers present: 'But can creative writing really be taught?

Author: Dr. Anna Leahy

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

ISBN: 9781847696267

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 222

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Power and Identity In the Creative Writing Classroom remaps theories and practices for teaching creative writing at university and college level. This collection critiques well-established approaches for teaching creative writing in all genres and builds a comprehensive and adaptable pedagogy based on issues of authority, power, and identity. A long-needed reflection, this book shapes creative writing pedagogy for the 21st century.

Theories and Strategies for Teaching Creative Writing Online

She has also co-edited three collections, including In the Archives of Composition: Writing and Rhetoric at High Schools and Normal Schools (2015) ... Her books on creative writing pedagogy include Can Creative Writing Really Be Taught?

Author: Tamara Girardi

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000374483

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 180

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As the online world of creative writing teaching, learning, and collaborating grows in popularity and necessity, this book explores the challenges and unique benefits of teaching creative writing online. This collection highlights expert voices who have taught creative writing effectively in the online environment, to broaden the conversation regarding online education in the discipline, and to provide clarity for English and writing departments interested in expanding their offerings to include online creative writing courses but doing so in a way that serves students and the discipline appropriately. Interesting as it is useful, Theories and Strategies for Teaching Creative Writing Online offers a contribution to creative writing scholarship and begins a vibrant discussion specifically regarding effectiveness of online education in the discipline.

The Place and the Writer

Stephanie Vanderslice University of Central Arkansas In both the first and second editions of Can Creative Writing Really Be Taught? Resisting Lore in Creative Writing Pedagogy , the editors and I located the definition of lore in ...

Author: Marshall Moore

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350127166

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

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The combined experience of authors throughout the ages offers a wealth of valuable information about the practice of creative writing. However, such lore can also be problematic for students and practitioners as it can be inherently additive, making it difficult to abandon processes that do not work. This adherence to lore also tends to be a US-centric endeavor. In order to take a nuanced approach to the uses and limitations of lore, The Place and the Writer offers a global perspective on creative writing pedagogy that has yet to be fully explored. Featuring a diverse array of cultural viewpoints from Brazil to Hong Kong, Finland to South Africa, this book explores the ongoing international debate about the best approaches for teaching and practicing creative writing. Marshall Moore and Sam Meekings challenge areas of perceived wisdom that persist in the field of creative writing, including aesthetics and politics in institutionalized creative writing; the process of workshopping; tuition and talent; anxiety in the classroom; unifying theory and lore; and teaching creative writing in languages other than English.

Toward an Inclusive Creative Writing

... been previously published in Stephanie Vanderslice and Rebecca Manery's tenth anniversary release of a second edition of Can Creative Writing Really Be Taught? (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017). Some content appears in “What Is a Writer?

Author: Janelle Adsit

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350023888

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

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The creative writing workshop has existed since the early part of the 20th century, but does it adequately serve the students who come to it today? While the workshop is often thought of as a form of student-centered pedagogy, it turns out that workshop conversations serve to marginalize a range of aesthetic orientations and the cultural histories to which they belong. Given the shifting demographics of higher education, it is time to re-evaluate the creative writing curriculum and move literary writing pedagogy toward a more inclusive, equitable model. Toward an Inclusive Creative Writing makes the argument that creative writing stands upon problematic assumptions about what counts as valid artistic production, and these implicit beliefs result in exclusionary pedagogical practices. To counter this tendency of creative writing, this book proposes a revised curriculum that rests upon 12 threshold concepts that can serve to transform the teaching of literary writing craft. The book also has a companion website offering supplemental materials such as lesson plans and course materials.

Complete Creative Writing Course

Can. creative. writing. really. be. learned. or. taught? Despite the growing history of teaching creative writing in this country, this issue is still often raised, implying doubt that creative writing can be taught or learned at all.

Author: Chris Sykes

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781529352450

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 368

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LEARN HOW TO WRITE CREATIVELY WITH THIS COMPREHENSIVE AND PRACTICAL COURSE. The only comprehensive Creative Writing title on the market that goes beyond introducing the basic genres to offering a complete journey along the writing path, including material on editing, redrafting and polishing a piece of work. Featuring the unique Workshop exercises to encourage readers to hone their work rather than just progressing through a number of exercises. Takes the reader from complete beginner or committed amateur to the point you've completed, edited and redrafted your work and are ready for publication. ABOUT THE SERIES The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their story. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels, to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community at tyjustwrite, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.

Doing Creative Writing

Creative. writing: can. it. be. taught? • Can I learn how to be a better writer? • Isn't writing more about ... other creative disciplines you have to learn how to use all the equipment but [doing creative writing] you don't really have ...

Author: Steve May

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134143122

Category: Education

Page: 168

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Are you beginning a creative writing course? Or thinking about taking one? Doing Creative Writing is the ideal guide to what you should expect, what will be expected of you and how you can get the most from your course. It clearly and concisely outlines: the contexts for creative writing courses, explaining where the subject has come from and why that matters the content, structure and delivery of the courses, helping you to understand how your course will be shaped, what you will be asked to do and why the skills you will develop, from self-discipline and time management through to the organization of ideas, 'reading as a writer' and editing possibilities beyond the course, showing how you continue to benefit from what you've learned. Drawing on years of teaching and writing experience, as well as interviews with a wide range of students, Steve May provides all the background, advice and encouragement you need to embark on a creative writing course with complete confidence and to get maximum benefit from every writing session.

Creative Writing Innovations

Also Available From Bloomsbury Can Creative Writing Really Be Taught?, edited by Stephanie Vanderslice and Rebecca Manery Composition, Creative Writing Studies, and the Digital Humanities, Adam Koehler Creative Writing in the Digital ...

Author: Michael Dean Clark

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474297189

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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When teachers experiment, students benefit. When students gain confidence to pursue their own literary experiments, creative writing can become a life-changing experience. With chapters written by experienced teachers and classroom innovators, Creative Writing Innovations builds on these principles to uncover the true potential of the creative writing classroom. Rooted in classroom experience, this book takes teaching beyond the traditional workshop model to explore topics such as multi-media genres, collaborative writing and field-based work, as well as issues of identity. Taken together, this is an essential guide for teachers of creative writing at all levels from the authors and editors of Creative Writing in the Digital Age.

Can it Really be Taught

Resisting Lore in Creative Writing Pedagogy Kelly Ritter, Stephanie Vanderslice. lore ... once somebody says ( something ) has worked or is working or might work , it is part of lore " ( 24 ) . The second , perhaps more troubling ...

Author: Kelly Ritter

Publisher: Greenwood International

ISBN: UOM:39015069338013

Category: Education

Page: 115

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The process of creativity is shrouded in mystery and lore, but that doesn't mean that the teaching of creative writing has to remain in the dark. Can It Really Be Taught? shines a bright light on creative writing pedagogy, with a special focus on that hallmark of fiction and poetry classes everywhere - the workshop - in order to discover what works, what doesn't, and what is purely apocryphal. Can It Really Be Taught? offers a critical look at the pedagogical lore of creative writing that has been, up until now, accepted unquestioningly. Fifteen experienced teachers and researchers analyze long-accepted elements and theories of teaching creative writing, such as: workshop practices the canon of creative-writing craft books the criteria for grading (including the myth of the easy A) ways to use the mythologized presence of the writer in film. In examining these pedagogical practices and the thinking behind them, as well as the reasons for their popularity, Can It Really Be Taught? offers a range of best practices grounded in relevant theory and based on research, experience, and success. Teachers solely responsible for creative writing, along with faculty and graduate students from all of English, will find great value in the thought-provoking essays within Can It Really Be Taught? Let creativity have its mystery, but take the mystery out of teaching creative writing. Read Can It Really Be Taught? and join a new conversation on creative writing's fundamental importance to English studies.

Creative Writing Scholars on the Publishing Trade

( Re ) figuring the Future : Lore , Creative Writing Studies , and Institutional Histories . Can Creative Writing Really Be Taught ?: Resisting Lore in Creative Writing Pedagogy – 10th Anniversary Edition , edited by Stephanie ...

Author: Sam Meekings

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000423051

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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In Creative Writing Scholars on the Publishing Trade: Practice, Praxis, Print, Sam Meekings and Marshall Moore, along with prominent scholar-practitioners, undertake a critical examination of the intersection of creative writing scholarship and the publishing industry. Recent years have seen dramatic shifts within the publishing industry as well as rapid evolution and development in academic creative writing programs. This book addresses all of these core areas and transformations, such as the pros and cons of self-publishing versus traditional publishing, issues of diversity and representation within the publishing industry, digital transformations, and possible career pathways for writing students. It is crucial for creative writing pedagogy to deal with the issues raised by the sudden changes within the industry and this book will be of interest to creative writing students and practitioners as well as publishing students and professionals.

A Companion to Creative Writing

It might be said Plato's academy, founded over 2,000 years ago, contained creative writing in that creative explorations of ... Some in education (and, indeed, outside of it) continue to ask if creative writing can actually be taught, ...

Author: Graeme Harper

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118325773

Category: Education

Page: 456

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A Companion to Creative Writing comprehensively considers key aspects of the practice, profession and culture of creative writing in the contemporary world. The most comprehensive collection specifically relating to the practices and cultural and professional place of creative writing Covers not only the “how” of creative writing, but many more topics in and around the profession and cultural practices surrounding creative writing Features contributions from international writers, editors, publishers, critics, translators, specialists in public art and more Covers the writing of poetry, fiction, new media, plays, films, radio works, and other literary genres and forms Explores creative writing’s engagement with culture, language, spirituality, politics, education, and heritage

Composition Creative Writing Studies and the Digital Humanities

Kelly Ritter and Stephanie Vanderslice's Can It Really Be Taught? Resisting Lore in Creative Writing Pedagogy examines the pedagogical imperative of the emerging field. Then came Bishop and Starkey's Keywords in Creative Writing (2006), ...

Author: Adam Koehler

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472591968

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 176

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In an era of blurred generic boundaries, multimedia storytelling, and open-source culture, creative writing scholars stand poised to consider the role that technology-and the creative writer's playful engagement with technology-has occupied in the evolution of its theory and practice. Composition, Creative Writing Studies and the Digital Humanities is the first book to bring these three fields together to open up new opportunities and directions for creative writing studies. Placing the rise of Creative Writing Studies alongside the rise of the digital humanities in Composition/Rhetoric, Adam Koehler shows that the use of new media and its attendant re-evaluation of fundamental assumptions in the field stands to guide Creative Writing Studies into a new era. Covering current developments in composition and the digital humanities, this book re-examines established assumptions about process, genre, authority/authorship and pedagogical practice in the creative writing classroom.

Teach Yourself Creative Writing

Not in a classroom.It doesn't matter if you've got a project going, or a dozen, or nothing at all. These are the skills that you will use the first time you face the blank page, or the hundredth.You're a reading junkie, aren't you?

Author: Michael LaRocca

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1470134462


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Can you learn creative writing?I don't believe that creativity can be taught. Either you're born with it or you're not.That's gotta make you wonder why I taught Creative Writing to literally thousands of students, mostly in classrooms, or why Creative Writing classes exist at all.It's because the craft of writing can be studied and learned. If you have that innate creativity, that's wonderful. But you've got to bring that out. Creation remains "mystical" but craft is learned and honed by many hours of hard work.If you have something that you need to express, and the act of expressing it is agony, that's just not right. We want the act of self-expression to become as easy and as natural as possible.How do we do that?Practice. That's the only way. Write constantly. Write thousands of words for years and years knowing it's okay if most of them suck. Mine sure did.To distill what you think, feel and believe from all the trash floating around in your head, and then to actually put that on paper the way you mean to put it, is a skill that only comes from years of practice. They don't teach it in any school I've ever been to. I struggled at this for 20 years or so after I graduated from college. That's how I learned to write. Not in a classroom.It doesn't matter if you've got a project going, or a dozen, or nothing at all. These are the skills that you will use the first time you face the blank page, or the hundredth.You're a reading junkie, aren't you? I think you have to be. If you want to write, you must read. If you don't love reading, you can't create something that others will love reading. If you don't love reading, then writing isn't for you. It's not about writing because you want to say, "I am a writer." It's about writing because you love writing. And reading.In your lifetime of reading, you've been unconsciously internalizing the rules of great writing. That's what you want. To internalize.First we study rulebooks, perhaps take some classes, and conclude just about everything we're is doing is wrong. So many rules to memorize. We might dread sitting down to write with all those constraints.But really, it's not about memorizing rules at all. It's about internalizing the rules, following them (or not if you prefer) without being consciously aware of what they are. They're there, but in the background.Your story is what matters. You're supposed to be having fun, not "working." At least not during the creation phase.Study rules, learn rules, memorize rules... there's one more step. Internalize rules.Well, actually, there's another step after that. Break rules. But do it deliberately, not out of ignorance.In the process of all this work, you'll find your own unique writing voice. Without that, there's no point in writing at all.

Key Issues in Creative Writing

It is one of those human activities in all levels and forms of education where questions continue along the lines of 'Can it really be taught?' It might therefore be that part of this current key issue in creative writing is that ...

Author: Dianne Donnelly

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

ISBN: 9781847698476

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 182

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Key Issues in Creative Writing explores the teaching, learning and researching of creative writing. It outlines current issues, as defined by experts from the UK, USA and Australia. These expert contributors suggest solutions that will positively impact on the development of the discipline of creative writing in universities and colleges today and in the future.

The Geek s Guide to the Writing Life

In The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life, based on her Huffington Post blog of the same name, Stephanie Vanderslice shares the secrets and tools to developing a successful, rewarding writing practice in a way that inspires the reader to ...

Author: Stephanie Vanderslice

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350023574

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 184

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The desire to create, to write, to fulfil our artistic dreams is a powerful human need. Yet the number of people who make a living solely by their pen is actually quite small. What does that mean for the rest of us, the self-described writing geeks, who are passionate about writing and who still want to sustain successful literary lives? What does it really mean to find time to build a rewarding writing life while pursuing a career, being a partner or raising a family, in the distracted, time-deprived, 21st-century? In The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life, based on her Huffington Post blog of the same name, Stephanie Vanderslice shares the secrets and tools to developing a successful, rewarding writing practice in a way that inspires the reader to persevere through the inevitable lows and even the highs of a literary life, so that anyone can pursue the path to realizing their artistic dreams.

Teaching Creative Writing in Asia

universities the world over have every reason to teach in the English language, and that includes various forms of writing— ... Just what kind of “creative writingcan we really teach anyone in or from Asia to write, in English, ...

Author: Darryl Whetter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000425598

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 228

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This book examines the dynamic landscape of creative educations in Asia, exploring the intersection of post-coloniality, translation, and creative educations in one of the world’s most relevant testing grounds for STEM versus STEAM educational debates. Several essays attend to one of today’s most pressing issues in Creative Writing education, and education generally: the convergence of the former educational revolution of Creative Writing in the anglophone world with a defining aspect of the 21st-century—the shift from monolingual to multilingual writers and learners. The essays look at examples from across Asia with specific experience from India, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Taiwan. Each of the 14 writer-professor contributors has taught Creative Writing substantially in Asia, often creating and directing the first university Creative Writing programs there. This book will be of interest to anyone following global trends within creative writing and those with an interest in education and multilingualism in Asia.

The Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing

Can creative writing be taught? Can creative writing be learned? They are really the same question, but you will often hear it posed 'as a challenge rather than a genuine enquiry; a challenge which threatens to damn the foundational ...

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.

Establishing Creative Writing Studies as an Academic Discipline

In K. Ritter and S. Vanderslice (eds) Can it Really be Taught? (1–13). Portsmouth: Boynton/Cook. Mayers, T. (2009) One simple word: From creative writing to creative writing studies. College English 71 (3) (Jan.), 217–228.

Author: Dianne Donnelly

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

ISBN: 9781847695895

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 161

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This book advances creative writing studies as a developing field of inquiry, scholarship, and research. It discusses the practice of creative writing studies, the establishment of a body of professional knowledge, and the goals and future direction of the discipline within the academy.

Stories of Mentoring

Her call for rethinking helps to underpin new investigations such as collection Can It Really Be Taught? Resisting Lore in Creative Writing. As she continued to answer and question in numerous volumes and journals, ...

Author: Michelle F. Eble

Publisher: Parlor Press LLC

ISBN: 9781602358799

Category: Education

Page: 348

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Describes mentoring of teachers and scholars in the field of composition and rhetoric.