Theories and Strategies for Teaching Creative Writing Online
To meet the needs of the growing body of online students, online pedagogy scholars persist in their efforts to ensure online education is as vibrant and effective as its onsite counterpart, if not more so. However, scholarship focusing on teaching creative writing, specifically, online is limited. As Bronwyn T. Williams rightfully points out, “the scholarship in creative writing pedagogy remains remarkably unengaged with digital technologies” (247). Given the youthfulness of creative writing scholarship, particularly when compared to other work that has taken the forefront in English studies, it is fair to assume that creative writing scholarship might be too limited at the present to include online education perhaps as it should.
However, with this collection of essays, we aim to change that by focusing on the unique qualities of online creative writing pedagogy. We are especially looking for contributions that emphasize how the online modality may benefit creative writing students in unexpected ways. Essays that aim to simply translate current onsite approaches to the online environment are not the best fit for this collection.
Theories and Strategies for Teaching Creative Writing Online is under contract for publication by Routledge. While we have many excellent chapters completed, we are specifically looking for contributions to address the following concepts, specifically as they pertain to teaching creative writing in the online learning environment:
- Building rapport with student-writers
- Navigating trauma writing
- Cultivating social justice pedagogy
- Representing diverse perspectives in reading and writing assignments
- Teaching poetry and/or spoken word styles
- Interdisciplinary approaches to online teaching such as partnering with coding, computer, or fine arts courses
• Hosting guest speakers such as authors, editors, agents, etc.
• Addressing concerns and criticisms of course and/or program effectiveness
• Assessment of creative work
Please send questions and/or proposals of 250-350 words to CWOnlineText@gmail.com by December 1, 2019.