S134. What I Did When What I Did Wasn't Working: Teachers on Retooling Their Teaching

Gold Salon 2, JW Marriott LA, 1st Floor
Saturday, April 2, 2016
10:30 am to 11:45 am


When our in-class lessons and out-of-class assignments don’t give our students what we hoped they would—when our pedagogical performances flop unexpectedly—how do we rework what's left? In this panel, five teachers of writing share specific instances of course failure and the attempts at redesign that followed. Examples of activities, assignments, and approaches promise to make this panel helpful for teachers of all experience levels.



Joseph Scapellato earned his MFA in fiction at New Mexico State University. His story collection, Big Lonesome and his novel, The Made-Up Man, are forthcoming. Joseph is a visiting assistant professor of English at Bucknell University.

Matt Bell is the author of the novels Scrapper and In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award and an Indies Choice Adult Debut Book of the Year Honor Recipient. He teaches creative writing in the MFA program at Arizona State University.

Derek Palacio is a research fellow at the University of Michigan. He is the author of the novella How to Shake the Other Man and a forthcoming debut novel.

Catherine Zobal Dent's story collection is called Unfinished Stories of Girls. She is the creative writing editor of MLS and the executive director of FUSE, the Forum of Undergraduate Student Editors. She teaches at Susquehanna University.

Jameelah Lang holds a PhD in fiction from the University of Houston and an MFA from the University of Kansas. Her fiction appears or is forthcoming in the Kenyon Review and Pleiades, and she has received awards from Bread Loaf, Sewanee Writers' Conference, VCCA, and Hub City Writers Project.


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