ERIC Number: ED327855
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
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Crossing the Lines: On Creative Composition and Composing Creative Writing.
Writing instructors and students alike need to cross the line between composition and creative writing far more often than they do. As students indicate in their essays, composition is often viewed as an unpleasant task, while creative writing is perceived as more enjoyable. Among teachers, creative writing instructors are phobic of critical theory and writing research, while many freshman composition instructors are not comfortable, self-analytic writers. The institution of English studies has always valued the consumption of texts (interpretation and reading) over the production of texts (writing). Creative writing as a composition research area is generally ignored, and educators tend to deny the commonalities of writing a poem and writing an essay. It may be time to take another look at the distinctions between writing genres, as these distinctions may be simplistically exclusionary. Furthermore, questions need to be asked about creative writing instruction. Among these are: why the history of creative writing is the last to be written; why critical theory and writing research are devalued; and why there is a perception that the academy taints the creative writer. (Six endnotes are included; 23 references are attached.) (SG)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Writing Contexts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (Tampa, FL, November 15-17, 1990).