W554 16755 Stanton
Teaching Creative Writing

3:35p 5:35p M

This course is a practical study of the teaching of poetry and fiction writing, and will focus on teaching methods and exercises suitable for beginning and intermediate university creative writing classes. We will discuss the assumptions that underlie the creative writing workshop, look at some exercises for beginning students, invent our own exercises, critique a couple of creative writing textbooks, and do some practice teaching. Students will lead the discussion, give several oral presentations and reports, review general books about creative writing, visit other creative writing classes, and design a one- semester creative writing course, which will include a syllabus, a set of exercises, a grading policy, and a detailed rationale. This course is required for students teaching W103 for the first time. No auditors, please.

Required Texts:

The Practice of Poetry, ed. Robin Behn & Chase Twichell
What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers, Second Edition, ed. Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter
Thirteen Ways of Looking for A Poem: A Guide to Writing Poetry, Wendy Bishop
Writing Fiction, Sixth Edition, Janet Burroway
Various handouts