ERIC Number: ED233342
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Beyond the Workshop: Some Alternatives for the Undergraduate Creative Writing Course.
An alternative to the often artificial writing workshop model focuses on learning through imitation and on the writing process rather than the product. This alternative model also involves considerably more reading than a typical workshop class, requiring students to read the way writers do, with a critical understanding and an awareness of the "performance" of the writing. Students examine and imitate not only finished works but also the writing that went into them--the generation, arrangement, and revision of the material that makes up a story or poem. Constraints on the teacher's ability to involve students in the different phases and variations of the writing process include the lack of time, the relative dearth of texts that describe what writers actually do, the requirement of grading, and students' possible unwillingness to surrender some measure of "self-expression" for imitation. As a reasonable compromise, teachers would require a great deal of imitative work but base grades on works the students choose. Many students will find that their best work, the writing most distinctly their own, is that done in response to the assignments rather than written independently. (Sample writing process exercises and their objectives are included.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Writing Workshops
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association of America (96th, New York, NY, December 27-30, 1981).