Routledge Studies in Creative Writing Book Series: Pedagogy

deadline for submissions: 
March 15, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Leah McCormack / University of South Dakota
contact email: 

Editor Leah McCormack (University of South Dakota) invites prospective contributions from experienced professors of creative writing from around the world for Creative Strategies: A Multi-Genre Guide to Writing Feedback on Student Manuscripts, which is under contract to be delivered to Routledge by December 2024 as part of the Routledge Studies in Creative Writing book series. 

A practical, multi-genre resource for instructors of undergraduate creative writing, Creative Strategies makes transparent a critical but often neglected aspect of creative writing pedagogy training: writing feedback on student manuscripts. Intended for anyone wanting to improve their teaching strategies, whether novice or established educators, the book provides as models real student work with the professors’ actual written feedback, followed by rationales that offer insights into the choices they made when writing the comments, as well as how those decisions reflect broader teaching philosophies, methodologies, and approaches.   

Representing diverse perspectives from established and esteemed writer-professors teaching fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in English speaking countries that have a strong tradition of college-level creative writing programs (such as the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa), Creative Strategies considers, moreover, what ways identity, geography, politics, and genre factor into the various approaches to written feedback and to the creative writing workshop in general. As such, the book opens conversations about creative writing studies, pedagogy, and practice that will serve today’s educators, scholars, and writers.  

Each chapter (2,500-5,000 words or 10-20 pages, double spaced) focuses on one genre—poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction—and features the following:

  • Complete annotated student manuscript, including contributor’s marginal notes and a summative end note or workshop letter to the student (see guidelines below for details).
  • Brief biography of contributor (100-300 words).
  • Rationale explaining the choices the contributor made in providing those comments to the student and how it demonstrates general practices and approaches to providing written feedback, as well as contextual information about the course and assignment (5-10 pages). In addition, the rationale should include the following: 
    • The contributor’s broader teaching aims, philosophies, methodologies. How does written feedback relate to workshop discussion? What role does it play in- or outside the classroom? How does it facilitate revision and learning? Etc. 
    • Theoretical lens or critical approach—a discussion of the ways in which the lens or approach, whether informed by prominent theorists, scholars, or writers, guides and helps shape the contributor’s pedagogical views and methods. 
    • How such considerations relate to fostering diversity, inclusivity, and equity. 

 Guidelines for Student Manuscript: 

  1. The contributor will be required to obtain the student’s signature on a publication consent form. The student must indicate on the form if he/she/they wants to keep identifying information on the manuscript. Otherwise, it will be removed. 
  2. The student manuscript must be provided to the editor in Microsoft Word format, using the “Track Changes” and “New Comment” features found within the “Review” tab.
  3. It must be an undergraduate student’s manuscript. (Any style, form, subject is okay.)
  4. The total length of the student manuscript is up to you, so long as the contributor’s entire chapter reaches but does not exceed 10-20 double-spaced pages. Please be judicious when selecting the student piece, allowing plenty of room for a rich discussion in the rationale as well as for instructive and illustrative commentary on the manuscript itself. Here are the suggested page lengths for the student manuscript:  
  • Prose (fiction and nonfiction): 1 flash or short story/essay (3-15 pages). 
  • Poetry: 1-3 poems, from the same student (1-10 pages). 

Contributors will submit the finished chapter, with the annotated student manuscript, rationale, signed publication consent form, and brief biography, by January 2024, so the editor has time to prepare the book for delivery to Routledge before the deadline. 


If you are interested in contributing a chapter for this project, you must email with the following by March 15, 2023

  • Abstract (200-500 words) detailing your plan for putting the chapter together 
  • CV


Leah McCormack 

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature 

University of South Dakota