Teaching Creative Writing

W554 — Fall 2021

Romayne Rubinas Dorsey
Days and Times
1:45p – 3:45p W (2 CR.)
Course Description

*AUTHORIZATION REQUIRED: All students please email bhankins@indiana.edu

W554 is a practicum course in teaching creative writing at the undergraduate level. Through reading and experience we will explore the creative process as well as the assumptions and practices unique—and not so unique—to creative writing classes. We will consider invention, revision, and assessment; craft and content; various approaches to workshop; the role of reading in a writing life; authority; and writer-teacher / student-writer dynamics. We will reflect on the changing concerns of the maturing writer, exploring how teaching and writing lives coexist at the graduate level and beyond as well as explore current takes on the writer in the academy. Work for the course includes several brief response papers to course texts; a written review and presentation of a writing text of your choosing; developing several annotated lesson plans and writing exercises for W103 sections; making observation visits to two creative writing classes; and developing a syllabus and supporting materials for a 200-level undergraduate creative writing course.

*MFA students enrolled in the graduate creative writing program are automatically admitted, but must send requests for permission to bhankins@indiana.edu for authorization to register for MFA courses.

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