F244. The Art of Unlearning in the Creative Writing Workshop

Meeting Room 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Teachers of creative writing discuss impeding tendencies students often transfer into the workshop from their courses in literature and composition (as well as their own commonly held misperceptions). The panel will explore ways of facilitating a modern workshop classroom by helping students unlearn certain presuppositions about the processes of reading, writing, and evaluating in a workshop setting while also building the skill set important for writers operating in this unique environment.


Christopher Salerno is an associate professor of English at William Paterson University and editor of Saturnalia Books. He is the author of four full-length poetry collections, including Sun & Urn, Minimum Heroic, Whirligig, and ATM. He is a New Jersey Council for the Arts Fellow.

Emilia Phillips is the author of Signaletics, Groundspeed, and Empty Clip. Her poetry appears in Agni, Boston Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and elsewhere. She's an assistant professor of poetry in the MFA Writing Program at UNC–Greensboro.

Patrick Bizzaro is the author of eleven books and chapbooks of poetry and editor of two books on the poetry and fiction of Fred Chappell. He has also written extensively on creative writing pedagogy in journal articles and books. He is Professor of English Emeritus at East Carolina University.

Hadara Bar-Nadav is the author of several poetry collections, most recently The New Nudity, Lullaby (with Exit Sign), The Frame Called Ruin, and Fountain and Furnace, and co-author of Writing Poems, 8th ed. She is a professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Megan Kaminski is the author of two books of poetry, Deep City and Desiring Map, and ten chapbooks. She is an assistant professor in the University of Kansas' graduate creative writing program and an Integrated Arts Research Initiative Faculty Fellow at the Spencer Museum of Art.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside