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Does the Writing Workshop Still Work? Edited by: Dianne Donnelly

Format:
Hardback - 264 pages
ISBN:
9781847692696
Published:
28 May 2010
Publisher:
Multilingual Matters
Dimensions:
210 x 148
Availability:
Available

Summary

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.

Review:

Does the Writing Workshop Still Work? (Multilingual Matters, 2010), edited by Dianne Donnelly, provides a foundation into creative writing studies in addition to new conceptions of what the workshop is and what it could be with revisions…Does the Writing Workshop Still Work? offers an important and timely contribution to the discipline because—in addition to reiterating the censure of instructors who do not turn a critical eye onto their pedagogies, professionalization, and workshop methodologies—the collection complicates issues by asking readers to consider the workshop as an event, an artistic act, and a human activity.


- Fiction Writers Review
- KATE KOSTELNIK

The essays in Does the Writing Workshop Still Work? demonstrate a range of approaches, questions, experiences, contexts, analyses, frustrations and enthusiasm, from teachers of university creative writing who are clearly passionate about their teaching and committed to their students. Many variations of the workshop are presented here: the inclusion of literary readings; hands-on writing exercises in class; informing one’s teaching with various theoretical perspectives; taking into account students’ diversity and cultural and gender differences; ethics; issues of power and autonomy.


- TEXT, Vol 16, No 2, October 2012
- Marcelle Freiman, Macquarie University, Australia

Author Biography:

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.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional


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