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PhD Candidate at University of Illinois at Chicago

Alex Luft is a Ph.D. candidate in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois-Chicago and in the department of Media, Music and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University. His fiction has appeared in Yemassee, Midwestern Gothic, The Coachella Review and other literary magazines. He teaches classes in creative writing, literature, media studies, journalism and composition.

Class Starters for the Fiction Workshop

For fiction writers, provocation is part of the job description. The same should go for our teaching of fiction, especially with students who are...

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Write Club

Two opposing writers. Two opposing ideas. This assignment captures the essence of Ian Belknap's Write Club as it has students face off in argument based presentations.
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Two Prompts for a Take Home Quiz – Lit

Submitted by John Casey. This document contains prompts for two take home quizzes given to students as extra credit options in a 200-level Survey of American Literature course.

Peer Review Forms

These handouts were developed to help students provide productive and specific feedback during peer review. They support students in giving constructive criticism based on specific generic expectations, such as the strength of thesis statements, organization, and use of sources.