New Approaches to Creative Writing Pedagogy (ACCUTE Conference 2010, Montreal), deadline 15 Nov 09

full name / name of organization: 
Robert McGill, University of Toronto

ACCUTE Conference
Concordia University, Montreal
28-31 May 2010

Member Organized Session:
New Approaches to Creative Writing Pedagogy
Organizer: Robert McGill (Toronto)

As university creative writing courses have proliferated, the development of pedagogy has not kept pace. This ses-sion will address the imbalance by reconsidering such courses' goals and methods. For instance, although work-shops remain the default mode for teaching creative writing, there are many ways to run them. There are also en-tirely different modes of teaching. Papers in this session will address such questions as: to what extent might crea-tive writing classes draw on pedagogy established for literary studies? What skill-sets and bodies of knowledge should instructors seek to teach? What place should there be for directed reading, literary theory, and writing exer-cises? How should students be assessed? What attention should there be to professional matters such as publishing and working with agents? What role should peer criticism play in providing feedback on students' work, and how can the skills involved in peer criticism best be developed? What different strategies are demanded by the teaching of different literary forms (e.g., poetry, non-fiction, fiction, playwriting, screenwriting)—not least when more than one form is being taught in a course? And what ethical questions might arise in creative writing classes? Papers that draw on classroom experience are welcome.

Following the instructions on the ACCUTE website (, under Conference), send your 700 word proposal (or 8-10 page double-spaced paper), a 100 word abstract, a 50 word biographical statement, and the submitter information form, to by November 15th.

Note: You must be a current ACCUTE member to submit to this session.