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Creative Writing Pedagogies for the Twenty-First Century


Creative Writing Pedagogies for the Twenty-First Century



The creative writing workshop: beloved by some, dreaded by others, and ubiquitous in writing programs across the nation. For decades, the workshop has been entrenched as the primary pedagogy of creative writing. While the field of creative writing studies has sometimes myopically focused on this single method, the related discipline of composition studies has made use of numerous pedagogical models. InCreative Writing Pedagogies for the Twenty-First Century, editors Alexandria Peary and Tom C. Hunley gather experts from both creative writing and composition studies to offer innovative alternatives to the traditional creative writing workshop.

Drawing primarily from the field of composition studies—a discipline rich with a wide range of established pedagogies—the contributors in this volume build on previous models to present fresh and inventive methods for the teaching of creative writing. Each chapter offers both a theoretical and a historical background for its respective pedagogical ideas, as well as practical applications for use in the classroom. This myriad of methods can be used either as a supplement to the customary workshop model or as stand-alone roadmaps to engage and reinvigorate the creative process for both students and teachers alike.

A fresh and inspiring collection of teaching methods,Creative Writing Pedagogies for the Twenty-First Centurycombines both conventional and cutting-edge techniques to expand the pedagogical possibilities in creative writing studies.



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Southern Illinois University Press


Creative Writing


Tom C. Hunley is a professor of English at Western Kentucky University. He is the author of Teaching Poetry Writing: A Five-Canon Approach; The Poetry Gymnasium: 94 Proven Exercises to Shape Your Best Verse, and four full-length poetry collections, most recently Plunk. His poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor and Verse Daily.

Creative Writing Pedagogies for the Twenty-First Century