Does the Writing Workshop Still Work?

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Dianne Donnelly
Multilingual Matters, May 28, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 238 pages
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This book explores the effectiveness of the workshop in the Creative Writing classroom, and looks beyond the question of whether or not the workshop works to address the issue of what an altered pedagogical model might look like. In visualising what else is possible in the workshop space, the sixteen chapters collected in Does the Writing Workshop Still Work? cover a range of theoretical and pedagogical topics and explore the inner workings and conflicts of the workshop model. the needs of a growing and diverse student population are central to the chapter authors' consideration of non-normative pedagogies. the book is a must-read for all teachers of Creative Writing, as well as for researchers in Creative Writing Studies.

"A remarkable new collection of essays about the theory, practice, design, and reinvention of peer-review components in writing-courses. the expertise and range of experience represented by the contributors is astonishing. This is a bountiful offering indeed." Hans Ostrom, editor, with the late Wendy Bishop, of Colors of a Different Horse: Re-Thinking Creative Writing Theory and Pedagogy

"By exploring the workshop from within as well as without, and by challenging the notion that such a staid enterprise as the workshop cannot be reified for emerging writers and teachers, this collection bravely takes its place among its clear predecessors - namely Moxley's Creative Writing in America and Bishop and Ostrom's Colors of a Different Horse-in refusing to quietly accept the simple notions that writing instruction is an organic enterprise, and that writers are (or should be) meekly acculturated to the practices and values of the writing workshop as `fine, I [guess],' to paraphrase one of the many astute contributors here." Kelly Ritter, University of North Carolina-Greensboro

"This collection offers writing practitioners new and insightful approaches to their teaching and is an important and timely resource with which to reflect on course development, teaching and evaluation." Catherine Cole, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

"Does the Writing Workshop Still Work? is alert to the newest media in the creative arts, while offering a defense and investigation of the best practices of the creative writing workshop. A valuable resource to all teachers who view creative writing pedagogy as an academic discipline and humanistic exploration." Shirley Geok-lin Lim, University of California, Santa Barbara; author of Among the White Moon Faces.

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About the Authors
Foreword On Experience
If it Aint Broke Dont Fix it Or Change is Inevitable Except from a Vending Machine
Chapter 2
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13

Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Afterword Disciplinarity and the Future of Creative Writing Studies

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Dianne Donnelly is the recipient of multiple teaching, scholarship, and writing awards and has published articles and short stories in a number of venues. She is also a frequent presenter at conferences on the subject of creative writing theory and pedagogy and the emergence of creative writing studies. She holds a PhD in English and teaches creative writing at the University of South Florida and Eckerd College.