F139. Invisible Ethics: Values, Practices, and Greater Goods in the Creative Writing Classroom

Room 402 AB, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, April 1, 2016
10:30 am to 11:45 am


We aren't teaching "values" in a creative writing classroom. Or are we? What about the tacit goods that underlie writerly practice and classroom community: civility, attention, curiosity, generosity, risk? In this panel, five writers, teachers, and activists explore the often-invisible ethical codes that structure creative writing practice—especially as we help students develop their own—and share strategies to make the classroom a space of mindfulness, rigor, and joy.



Amy Weldon is associate professor of English at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Her fiction, nonfiction, and criticism have appeared in multiple creative and scholarly journals and edited collections.

Patrick Hicks is the author of ten books, including The Commandant of Lubizec, Adoptable, and The Collector of Names. He is the writer in residence at Augustana University and a member of faculty for the MFA Program at Sierra Nevada College.

Sejal Shah's work has been nominated for Best American Essays and the Pushcart Prize, and her essays and stories appear in Brevity, Kenyon Review, the Literary Review, Massachusetts Review, and others. She teaches creative writing and writing and mindfulness workshops at Writers & Books, in Rochester, NY.

Athena Kildegaard is the author of three books of poetry, Rare Momentum, Bodies of Light (a Minnesota Book Award finalist), and Cloves & Honey. She teaches at the University of Minnesota, Morris.

Taylor Brorby is an essayist currently pursuing his MFA at Iowa State. His work centers around the environment and conservation. He is the author of a chapbook of poems, Ruin: Elegies from the Bakken, and he is currently at work on a collection of essays about the Bakken oil boom.


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