Screen Shot 2015-09-07 at 2.05.48 PMThe exponential increase in Creative Writing degrees and programs at the undergraduate and graduate level has been well-documented, and much thought and scholarship has been devoted to the impact the Academy has on the writing community and subsequent creative output. However, there has been only a limited amount of public conversation about and research into the pedagogical approaches that have been or might be used in Creative Writing classrooms and programs. How are teachers of Creative Writing tweaking, extending, revolutionizing, or replacing the traditional Workshop model in their classrooms? What are or should be the academic and aesthetic goals of a Creative Writing class or program, and how can these goals be achieved? For this conference we are seeking papers that discuss theories that inform creative writing pedagogy, strategies and practical applications in the Creative Writing classroom, development of curriculum at the program level, and pedagogical innovations beyond the classroom.

Click here for the link to the conference site.


Assay is delighted to facilitate panel reports from CWIPs, so that those who are not able to attend (or who have flipped a coin for which panel to attend at a certain time) are able to participate. Feel free to sign up for more than one panel, more than one day. Our goal is to cover as many of these as possible. Use the comment feature to let us know which one you want–and then we’ll cross it off the list, so we don’t double-up.

Because of cross-genre work often invigorates our work as nonfiction writers, readers, and teachers, we’re not limiting our reports to pedagogy of nonfiction.


Saturday, 17 October 2015

10:00 am – 11:00 am

  • “Reading Weird: Teaching Experimental Fiction in the Creative Writing Classroom.” (Lindsay Fowler, Carlea Holl -Jensen, Camille Goodison, Adam Miller, Debra Brenegan)
  • “Is Writing Therapeutic?: Navigating Student Catharsis in the Creative Writing Classroom.” (Jennifer Schomburg Kanke, Mark Lewandowski, Amy Meng, Michael Theune, Cindy King)

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

  • “Teaching Strange: The Impossible Art of Poetic Weirdness” (José Angel Araguz, Ryler Dustin, Micheline Maylor, Alyse Bense l, Hadara Bar-Nadav)
  • “Stories and Poems as Products: Gaining a Sense of Audience by Pursuing an Actual Audience.” (Jennifer E. Pullen, Ron Mitchell , Karen Craigo, Rachel Haley Himmelheber, Jenna Bazzell)

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

  • “Collaborative Writing and the Hypoxic Workshop.” (Amy Ash, Kristin Joi Coffey, Nathaniel Hansen, Ann McBee, Matt Sumpter)
  • “The Flipped Workshop: Using Technology to Facilitate Learning Creative Writing.” (Trent Hergenrader, Michael Pritchett, Brian Shawver, Matt Weinkam, Kavita Hatwalkar)

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

  • “Motivation and the Creative Writing Classroom.” (Amy Knox Brown, Darin Ciccotelli, Claire Eder, Gabrielle Pullen, Rob Roensch, Marcus Wicker)
  • “Writing Abhors a Vacuum: Teaching Special Topics in Creative Writing.” (Bayard Godsave, Trudy Lewis, Brani Reissenweber, Stephanie Reents, John Vanderslice)

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

  • “Teaching Experiments.” (Kelle Sills Mullineaux, Deonte Osayande, Alexander Weinstein)
  • “Inspiration: The Benefits of Irrational Thinking.” (Rose Bunch, Lynne Landis, Garry Craig Powell, Sandy Longhorn)

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  • “Incorporating Research in Creative Writing Pedagogy.” (Mark Spitzer, Stephanie Vanderslice, Lea Graham)


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