S212. Easy A: Evaluation in the Creative Writing Classroom

A106, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


How we respond to and grade creative writing is often at the front of students’ (and instructors’) minds: do we grade for skill? For completion? For other factors? This panel brings together panelists who work with university, high school, and prison students to explore different methods of responding to student writing. From staff member to adjunct faculty to nontenure-track and tenure-track faculty, this panel also takes the instructor’s own position into account to examine power and grading.


Laura Leigh Morris' first book, Jaws of Life, was released by West Virginia University Press in March 2018. She teaches creative writing at Furman University and was previously a National Endowment for the Arts/Bureau of Prisons Artist-in-Residence at Bryan Federal Prison Camp in Bryan, Texas.

Florence Davies is a young adult writer and administrator for the Texas A&M University Writing Center, serving as head coordinator for the Black Box Writers Residency program for four years. She received an MFA in Writing & Literature from Stony Brook University in 2013 and her BA in English from TAMU.

Jonathan Corcoran is the author of the story collection The Rope Swing, which was named a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Gay Fiction and long-listed for the Story Prize. He teaches writing at Rutgers University–Newark and in the low-residency MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Amber Foster is a nontenure-track Assistant Professor of Writing for the Writing Program at the University of Southern California. In the summer, she teaches the USC Summer Programs Creative Writing Workshop—an intensive, four-week creative writing course for college-bound high school students.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center