Can Creative Writing Benefit Basic Writing Course Outcomes
Can creative writing benefit Basic Writing course outcomes?
Allison King and Dan Lau
This inquiry was inspired by our group’s joint appreciation for composition and creative writing theory. Both Allison and Dan, in conjunction to their graduate work training in composition and rhetoric, are also academy trained creative writers.
Once we interrogated our literacy narratives and located how and when we began to wield language we noticed that creative writing and the workshop model provide discursive activities that built up our identities as writers and learners. We also noted that our creative writing informs our teaching pedagogy that cultivated a space in which novice writers could explore the limits of language safely and develop their own voice, a space that emphasizes genre awareness, rhetorical dexterity, and provides opportunities to use writing to develop emotional agility.
Through our basic writing class with professor Karen Uehling, we decided to inquire about Basic Writing’s history to see if there has been prior knowledge and tried and tested strategies that can be revitalized and carried over into Basic Writing classrooms today. We found that Basic Writing indeed had a creative writing legacy — Adrienne Rich. Further, we’ve recovered scholarship by multidisciplinary scholar, Wendy Bishop, that deserves renewed attention through a Basic Writing lens.
We understand that this by no means is an exhaustive attempt at bridging the gap between English disciplines. By performing this initial inquiry, we believe that there is much ground for future research in transdisciplinary approaches regarding Composition, Basic Writing, and Creative Writing.
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