Creative Writing: Teaching Theory & Practice

ISSN 2040-3356

Creative Writing:Teaching Theory & Practice

Volume 2 Number 2 December 2010 ISSN 2040-3356

Below are seven new peer reviewed articles covering a wide range of perspectives on the theory and practice of Creative Writing pedagogy. These were chosen from the submissions received through the 2010 call for papers. It is hoped that these new articles will offer food for thought and that they will spark some debate in a number of areas. It is pleasing to see the first reply to a previous article and it is hoped that this practice will continue so that the journal can become a forum for debate and a site where knowledge can be questioned.

Poets on Pedagogy   pages 59 - 86
This research article presents a qualitative interview analysis of the creative writing pedagogy of five successful, practicing poets.

The Six-Word Short Story   pages 87 - 94
The aim of this article is to highlight the multiple opportunities inherent within the six word short story for demonstrating to students the tools and structures required to sustain a longer piece of prose writing.

Writing a Safe Space   pages 95 - 110
This paper explores how and whether writing as therapy should be used when dealing with clients who suffer from mental health problems, specifically depression and self harm.

The Real World of Nonfiction Workshops: A Cautionary Tale  pages 111 - 119
The article focuses on the unique character of creative writing classes in nonfiction. Initailly taking the long view of the teaching of creative writing in the United States, it later examines how nonfiction as a form fits within the academic creative writing culture.

The Writing Workshop for Dummies  pages 120 - 136
Through research and experience, the creative writing workshop is explored and evaluated. The article explores if students be taught how to write or whether existing talent is developed; and what are the best ways of doing that.

Teaching, Writing, Publishing: The Necessity of Isolation   pages 137 - 146
This essay is a response to Alex Pheby’s article in Issue 2. It examines how isolation comes in different forms, some essential to a writer’s sense of creativity, and argues that a teacher’s pedagogical duties include a realistic appraisal of students’ work in relation to the commercial marketplace.

Creative Writing Creating Community: The Power of the Personal  pages 147 -161
This articles explores the distinctive pedagogical methods, opportunities and results offered by teaching memoir. It also analyses the ways in which these may be transferred to other creative, or even academic, writing courses.

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