Writing Inside the Story: Exercises in Writing Poetry Longman, She has been a professor of creative writing for more than 15 years. A recipient of numerous awards including the Robert Frost and Robinson Jeffers Awards, and a recent Fulbright Scholar, she is on the creative writing faculty at the University of New Mexico.
Creative writing for language learners and teachers 4. Creative writing normally refers to the production of texts which have an aesthetic rather than a purely informative, instrumental or pragmatic purpose. Most often, such texts take the form of poems or stories, though they are not confined to these genres.
Letters, journal entries, blogs, essays, travelogues, etc. In fact, the line between creative writing CW and expository writing ER is not carved in stone. In general, however CW texts draw more heavily on intuition, close observation, imagination, and personal memories than ER texts.
One of the chief distinguishing characteristics of CW texts is a playful engagement with language, stretching and testing its rules to the limit in a guilt-free atmosphere, where risk is encouraged.
Such writing combines cognitive with affective modes of thinking. As the poet, R.
If you want to write a Limerick, then you have to follow the rules governing limericks. If not, what you produce will be something other than a limerick: The interesting thing is that the very constraints which the rules impose seem to foster rather than restrict the creativity of the writer.
This apparent paradox is explained partly by the deeper processing of thought and language which the rules require. What are the benefits of CW for learners?
CW aids language development at all levels: It requires learners to manipulate the language in interesting and demanding ways in attempting to express uniquely personal meanings.
In doing so, they necessarily engage with the language at a deeper level of processing than with most expository texts. Craik and Lockhart The gains in grammatical accuracy and range, in the appropriacy and originality of lexical choice, in sensitivity to rhyme, rhythm, stress and intonation, and in the way texts hang together are significant.
As mentioned above, a key characteristic of CW is a willingness to play with the language.
In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in the role of play in language acquisition. These are precisely the kinds of things L2 learners are encouraged to do in CW activities. This playful element encourages them to play creatively with the language, and in so doing, to take the risks without which learning cannot take place in any profound sense.
And maybe language play can provide the key. CW puts the emphasis on the right side of the brain, with a focus on feelings, physical sensations, intuition and musicality.We have made some important updates to Pearson SuccessNet! Please see the Feature Summary for more details. We bring college students together to advance learning for generations to come.
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