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Rethinking Creative Writing in Higher Education

Programs and Practices That Work

Rethinking Creative Writing in Higher Education by Stephanie Vanderslice
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‘This is a brave, serious, passionate and entertaining book’ - Dr Steve May, Head of Department, Creative Writing, Bath Spa University. In this passionate, iconoclastic, survey of Creative Writing as an academic discipline, Stephanie Vanderslice provides a provocative critique of existing practice. She challenges enduring myths surrounding creative writing – not least, that writers learn most from workshops. Through case studies of best practice from America and elsewhere, Vanderslice provides a vision of change, showing how undergraduate and postgraduate programs can be reformed to re-engage with contemporary culture. Key terms: creative writing; literacy; pedagogy; programs; reflective; reform; teaching; visionary; workshop.
Frontinus Ltd; April 2011
152 pages; ISBN 9781907076107
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Title: Rethinking Creative Writing in Higher Education
Author: Stephanie Vanderslice
Abstract: Creative writing as a discipline is a victim of its own success. The discipline needs now to demythogize and revitalize itself. Undergraduate and graduate programs need to be further differentiated. Programs over-reliant on the traditional creative writing workshop, with its focus on craft and on building community, are ill equipped to prepare students for the new realities of the creative economy. Programs need not only to improve the workshop experience of students, but also employ a more diverse, outward-looking, outcomes-oriented pedagogy and to make a more direct contribution to the development of a literate society. Much can be learnt from good practice ? including distinctive and visionary programs ? developed on both sides of the Atlantic and in Australia.