Approaches to Teaching Creative Writing, K-12 to Higher Ed

deadline for submissions: 
August 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Wisconsin English Journal
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The University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop says that “Writing cannot be taught” but that “writers can be encouraged.” Whether or not literary creativity can be taught, certain skills can certainly be enhanced. Students can acquire insight into what constitute effective or realistic description, style, narrative, characterization, or use of language. They can also learn about voice, diction, plotting, setting, and figures of speech as well as how to craft dialogue that gives clues to a character’s personality, social position, values, and character.

In order to initiate this discussion, Wisconsin English Journal invites you to share successful, inventive instruction, lessons, assignments, and perspectives that teach facets of creative writing. For example,

1. What’s the impact, possibility, or pedagogy of teaching and assessing creative writing?
2. How do you incorporate creative writing into teaching expository writing?
3. How do you view creative writing in the greater context of literacy instruction?
4. How do you implement technology or social media into this instruction?
5. With the recent push toward STEAM education (emphasizing science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), are there new roles creative writing might or must play in the rapidly changing landscape of K-12 and higher education?
6. What do you see is creative writing’s role in the common core?
7. How do you teach critical thinking through creative writing?
8. How do you build, run, and maintain successful writers’ workshops? What’s their purpose in your classroom?

Guest Editor Liz Jorgensen, Arrowhead High School, 

Submission Guidelines
1. In general, manuscripts range from instructional notes of 1,000 words to longer research articles of 5,000 words prepared following guidelines established in the publication manual of the American Psychological Association.

2. Submit manuscripts through the Wisconsin English Journal website at New authors must register before submitting.