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Moving Toward a Pedagogy of Creative Writing
This paper discusses creative writing as a scholastic pursuit among academics.
# 119936 | 2,467 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on May 30, 2010 in Education (Higher) , English (Creative Writing)

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In this paper the author discusses the goals of academic creative writing courses. First, the paper describes how composition has been considered a more serious discipline than creative writing in higher education. Then, the author continues by showing how this has changed today. Also highlighted are the steps necessary to be a successful creative writer and the essential elements of an academic creative writing course. The paper concludes by emphasizing the importance of college and university writing centers in teaching writing skills.

From the Paper:

"This approach to studying creative writing leads to an emphasis on "craft," an emphasis that helps students improve their writing but does not claim to help them become creative writers. "I once ascertained five essentials of a serious writer: desire, drive, talent, vision, and craft . . . My point here, however, is not altered whether the list is held at five, cut to three, or expanded to twenty: of the essentials, only craft can be taught" (McFarland 34). A creative writing course or a tutoring session should then have a single-minded focus on whether the student knows how to effectively employ creative writing techniques. If the answer is a resounding no, then teachers and tutors have the ability to teach technique, but cannot teach any of the other four qualities because they are innate."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bishop, Wendy. "Is There a Creative Writer in the House? Tutoring to Enhance Creativity and Engagement." A Tutor's Guide: Helping Writers One to One. Ed. Ben Rafoth. Portsmouth: Boynton/Cook, 2000. 44-54.
  • Freedman, Morris. "The Proper Place of Creative Writing Courses." College Composition and Communication 11:1 (Feb. 1960): 22-26.
  • Goldberg, Natalie. Writing Down The Bones: Freeing the Writer Within. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1986.
  • Kalamaras, George. "Interrogating the Boundaries of Discourse in a Creative Writing Class: Politicizing the Parameters of the Permissible." College Composition and Communication 51:1 (Sep. 1999): 77-82.
  • Lardner, Ted. "Locating the Boundaries of Composition and Creative Writing." College Composition and Communication 51:1 (Sep. 1999): 72-77.

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