English Creative Writing: Theory and Practice for Non-Native English Speakers

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Asst. Prof. Salinee Antarasena

In Asian Countries, English is seen very much as the language of business, not as the language of expressing their ideas in creative writing piece. Therefore, creative writing skill is a challenge for most non-native speakers of English to master as it not only becomes an arduous task when they need to begin their creative writing piece but the writing process is also more complicated, involving a series of forward and backward movements between the writer's ideas and the manner of expressing thoughts; both require a high level of their language control as well as creativity.

However, while many recent studies report a number of non-native English students are reluctant to write, or could not 'tie' their ideas together into a coherent piece, the major trends in teaching writing in EFL/ESL classroom only require the learners to memorise English grammatical rules and grammar-focused writing lessons, leaving very little room for creative writing and the learner's creativity. AWC then aims to provide information that can advance the theory and practice of creative writing pedagogy in second or foreign language environment. It is innovative in spanning across all levels of education, from K12 through doctoral level and in revealing similarities and differences in the practices and concerns regarding English creative writing studies and pedagogies across different contexts and education systems.

AWC is proud to announce that we are now accepting proposals for paper presentations and workshops in relation to our annual theme for the 2015 Annual Writer's Conference.

English Creative Writing: Theory and Practice for Non-Native English Speakers

This year's annual conference will be held December 2-4, 2015, in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Topics include but are not limited to

Forms of written creative expression
Lesser known writers and their writing techniques
Practical pedagogy
Practice-based research
Creative piece embodying the research questions
Criteria to assess creative works
Creative portfolios
Distance mentoring creative writing tasks/activities
Criteria negotiated by teacher and students
Creative writing and new forms of publishing
Transmedia practice
Collaborations between writers and technologists
Digitalization of writing practices and techniques
Phenomenology writing
Creative writing in medical education
Narrative medicine
Re-conceptualizing genres

For further details including submission guides, please check: http://myweb.cmu.ac.th/salinee.antarasena/3/conference.html