In the first parts of this series, I discussed why I teach 4 genres, how teaching 4 genres is more efficient, and how small group workshops help me juggle 4 genres in one class. That covers about the first 50-60% of a semester, but now I’d like to turn to what I do in the restContinue reading “How I teach 4 Genres in 1 Semester, Part III”
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How I teach 4 Genres in 1 Semester, Part II
One question I get about my new textbook A Writer’s Craft is, how is it possible to teach poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama all in one semester? This post is a continuation of “How I teach 4 Genres in 1 Semester, Part I,” where I talk about the efficiencies of teaching 4 genres at the intro levelContinue reading “How I teach 4 Genres in 1 Semester, Part II”
How I teach 4 Genres in 1 Semester, Part I
Teaching creative writing in 4 genres makes it more interesting, fun, and efficient than teaching the genres individually; you can see how each genre relates to and informs the others.
Why 4 Genres?
Why 4 genres? Because it is challenging, rewarding, and fun to teach them together and learn things from each that can be applied to any genre.
Good News Today
This morning, I heard from my publisher, Palgrave/Macmillan, about my introductory creative writing textbook A Writer’s Craft, so I updated my book page with information, including the projected pub date (August) and price ($24.00 / £14.99).
It’s been a very busy time in the past few weeks, which is one reason why I haven’t been posting much. I finished revisions to my textbook A Writer’s Craft: multi-genre creative writing, adding a chapter, an appendix, glossary, and references, among other less major revisions. Sent that to my publisher by my Nov. 30 deadline. I haveContinue reading “Busy Time”
15 Things to Do Before a Low-Res MFA (plus 5 bonus things)
Here are 15 things you should probably do before applying to a low-residency MFA in Creative Writing like ours: Read at least a dozen different literary magazines (find some at your library or local bookstore) Read multiple issues of at least two literary magazines Submit to your favorite literary magazines multiple times Get rejected by magazinesContinue reading “15 Things to Do Before a Low-Res MFA (plus 5 bonus things)”
More Thoughts on MFA Applications
About a year and a half ago, I wrote a series of posts about MFA applications, beginning with “What to Say in your Statement of Purpose.” At the time, The W was just launching its low-residency MFA in Creative Writing, and I wanted to be transparent about the application process by telling prospective students whatContinue reading “More Thoughts on MFA Applications”
The Joys of Signing
Someone at yesterday’s book launch for Barrier Island Suite asked me what the pay-off is for publishing a book of poetry. I didn’t have to think about that much! My first thought was “events like this.” Writing a book in isolation is one thing, getting poems in magazines and working with your publisher to putContinue reading “The Joys of Signing”
Up Periscope: Testing the Waters of Social Video
Last week, I took the plunge into Periscope, Twitter’s live streaming video app. I’ve been thinking about trying this technology for a while now, but frankly, I felt a little daunted. I shouldn’t have. Live streaming video using Periscope couldn’t be much easier. I downloaded the app, tested it with a couple of very short videosContinue reading “Up Periscope: Testing the Waters of Social Video”