S156. Rethinking the Poetry Workshop: Innovating and Subverting Traditional Creative Writing Pedagogy

Room 618/619/620, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Saturday, March 1, 2014
10:30 am to 11:45 am


The poetry workshop, essentially a moderated session of peer critique of student drafts in which the writer stays largely silent, has been the trusted model in creative writing pedagogy since the advent of creative writing programs. Five professors of poetry discuss the pros and cons of the traditional workshop as the primary teaching tool in the poetry writing classroom, suggest unconventional workshop techniques, and consider alternate ways to approach the teaching of creative writing.


Michael Dumanis is the author of the poetry collection My Soviet Union, winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry, and the coeditor of Russell Atkins: On the Life & Work of a Lost American Master, and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century. He is a professor at Bennington College.

Mark Wunderlich is the author of three volumes of poems: The Earth Avails, Voluntary Servitude, and The Anchorage. He teaches writing at literature at Bennington College in Vermont.

April Bernard is a poet, novelist, and essayist. Director of Creative Writing at Skidmore College, she teaches on the faculty of the Bennington MFA Writing Seminars. Her most recent books are Romanticism, poems; and Miss Fuller, a novel.

Kazim Ali is a poet, translator, essayist, and fiction writer. His books include Sky Ward, Bright Felon, and Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence. He is associate professor of creative writing and comparative literature at Oberlin College.

Joshua Marie Wilkinson's seven books of poetry include Swamp Isthmus and The Courier's Archive & Hymnal. He's also edited five books, including Poets on Teaching. He teaches at the University of Arizona and edits (with Noah Eli Gordon) The Volta and Letter Machine Editions.


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