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ERIC Number: EJ846001
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0010-096X
Voice of Authority: Theorizing Creative Writing Pedagogy
Kearns, Rosalie Morales
College Composition and Communication, v60 n4 p790-807 Jun 2009
Creative writing workshops typically feature a gag rule and emphasize purported flaws. This structure limits students' meaningful engagement with each other's work; positions the author as inherently flawed; and positions other participants as authority figures, passing judgment without articulating their aesthetic standards. I propose an alternative structure in which authors lead discussion; the work is treated not as inherently flawed but as "in process"; and discussants articulate their expectations about "good" writing rather than allowing them to function as unspoken norms. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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