Does the Writing Workshop Still Work?

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Multilingual Matters, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 256 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 a ~Does the Writing Workshop Still Work?a (TM) 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 authorsa (TM) 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.

 

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Contents

If it Aint Broke Dont Fix it Or Change
1
A Myth Caught in Time
30
An Ontological Study
36
What Works in Workshops If and When
52
Why the Workshop Works
63
Laboratory Factory or Finishing
78
Engaging the Conflicts
94
Engaging the IndividualSocial Conflict within Creative
105
Vulnerabilities and Risks in
117
Problems with the Workshop Model
130
Workshops Old and
169
Hybrid Classrooms Hybrid
182
Another Workshop Model for the Creative
206
Disciplinarity and the Future of Creative Writing
230
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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.