A great piece of advice for any writer is to read as much as possible. If one wants to write novels, reading great novels can act as a blueprint. Over the course of 300 pages, one can track character arcs, revel in striking imagery, follow intricate plot lines and so on. Even though great novels […]
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Those of us who teach Creative Writing usually have the luxury that our students actively choose to be in the class. When they come to office hours they can be greedy for reassurance, certainly, but also for personalized guidance. The instructor has an obligation not to give unrealistic expectations for the writing life or their […]
I recently read a quotation by Janet Finch, who reminds writers, “You’re a writer and you have to invent it from scratch, all by yourself.” In fairness to Finch, she was responding to the overuse of clichés in writing – a worthy pursuit benefiting our students – but setting up writing as something that emerges […]
An assignment sequence where students explore the world of the arts, beginning with photography and increasing in writing involvement and critical scrutiny through the worlds of music and film before finally concluding in a work of literature. Through these various lenses, students examine both the status of these arts, what goes into evaluating them, and their relation to their campus, its history, and the world at large.
There’s a lot of talk in teaching circles about feedback—how to give an appropriate amount that doesn’t overwhelm the student (or the teacher’s workload) and balances praise and constructive criticism. Finding praise is, of course, characterized by its very verb as the part where you have to strain yourself, what you include to soften the blow your critique.
One of my favorite in-class activities is simple, easy to set up, and, most importantly, it involves Lego. I often use this in composition classes to illustrate the concept of writing as a process, but I’ve found that, with a few minor tweaks, it can be easily adapted to any variety of lessons or concepts. […]