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Can Creative Writing Really Be Taught?

Resisting Lore in Creative Writing Pedagogy

Stephanie Vanderslice (Editor), Rebecca Manery (Editor)


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Revised and updated throughout, this 10th-anniversary edition of Can Creative Writing Really Be Taught? is a significantly expanded guide to key issues and practices in creative writing teaching today.

Challenging the myths of creative writing teaching, experienced and up-and-coming teachers explore what works in the classroom and workshop and what does not. Now brought up-to-date with new issues that have emerged with the explosion of creative writing courses in higher education, the new edition includes:

- Guides to and case studies of workshop practice
- Discussions on grading and the myth of "the easy A"
- Explorations of the relationship between reading and writing
- A new chapter on creative writing research
- A new chapter on games, fan-fiction and genre writing
- New chapters on identity and activism

Can Creative Writing Really Be Taught? is supported by a companion website at, including extensive links to online resources, teaching case studies and lesson plans.

Bloomsbury Academic, 9781474285049, 264pp.

Publication Date: July 13, 2017

About the Author

Stephanie Vanderslice is Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the Arkansas Writer's MFA Workshop at the University of Central Arkansas, USA and is the Chairperson of the Creative Writing Studies Organization. Her column, The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life appears regularly in the Huffington Post. She publishes fiction, nonfiction and creative writing criticism including Can It Really Be Taught?: Resisting Lore in Creative Writing Pedagogy, Teaching Creative Writing to Undergraduates: A Guide and Sourcebook and Rethinking Creative Writing Rebecca Manery teaches creative and academic writing at Ball State University, USA. A published poet and non-fiction writer she is co-author (with Tonya Perry) of Supporting Students in a Time of Common Core Standards (6-8) (2011).