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ERIC Number: ED374424
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Come Talk Story: A Creative Writing Workshop in Hawai'i.
Kahaney, Phyllis
Because of her unfamiliarity with the culture, an experienced creative writing instructor in her first year of teaching on the big island of Hawaii decided to use the standard writing workshop model. The University of Hawaii Hilo draws a diverse mix of students, returning students, and local students who speak Creole. Some students were uncertain if their dialect was appropriate for the classroom, some were taught not to speak until spoken to, some do not relate to the idea of the individual taking responsibility for the creative work they do, and some from oral cultures were suspicious of writing. The language of many of the local students was infused with metaphor, local language, and poetry. The richness of their language sometimes makes it difficult as a reader to know whether a given piece of writing counts as creative writing. The instructor conducted a pilot study in which members of the English department and creative writing and advanced composition students responded to questions concerning the line between creative writing and expository writing. Faculty members defined the distinctions between the two types of writing and offered no metaphors for the distinction. Students were less genteel in their definitions but offered many metaphors. As classrooms become more culturally diverse, educators can no longer make assumptions about what is being said, heard, or written. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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