It's cold here, and the 7 - 8 inches of snow outside refuses to melt. It's good weather to stay inside and write, and since I am on sabbatical this semester, that is exactly what I have been doing. I'm taking classes (where I am writing a lot of nonfiction prose) and working on a few projects including a designing a repository of grammar exercises that go beyond the skill and drill work that many of us resort to in our writing classes.
But I am also doing a lot of reading -- many books and articles about pedagogy that I swear I am always going to get to, but never seem to find the time.
Well, now I have time.
My most recent read is a book by Stephanie Vanderslice and Kelly Ritter titled Teaching Creative Writing to Undergraduates: A Practical Guide and Sourcebook. I have to say that this slim volume is a real find. The book contains chapters devoted to designing assignments, assessing creative writing classes, and negotiating the writing workshop. The good news is that all this information is focused on undergraduate creative writing classes, so different, as the authors state (and I believe) than workshops at the graduate level. The book also has a great bibliography with many more sources I want to look into before my sabbatical is over.
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