R236. Troubled Waters: Negotiating Disturbing Students & Texts in the Creative Writing Classroom

Marquis Salon 6, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two
Thursday, February 9, 2017
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Difficult students in university creative writing classrooms require response—special assistance, intervention, or warning. Faculty, often women, work within and beyond the boundaries of the classroom to handle disturbing situations without clear models of how to proceed. Presenters with experience at private and public institutions will offer methods for responding to students and managing classrooms—plus a map of institutional support and some practical advice about F.E.R.P.A.



Audrey Colombe is an associate professor at the University of Houston specializing in pedagogy and curriculum. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous literary journals. She is faculty adviser for Glass Mountain, the undergraduate literary journal, and oversees the Boldface Conference.

Allison Joseph is part of the creative writing faculty at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She is the author of several books of poems, the codirector of the SIUC MFA program, and poetry edtior for Crab Orchard Review.

Lisa Norris's prizewinning story collections are Toy Guns and Women Who Sleep with Animals. For fifteen years, she taught at Virginia Tech. An associate professor at Central Washington University, she has been a member of the Free Range Writers' group since 1988.

Fred D’Aguiar's most recent novel is Children of Paradise and most recent poetry collection is The Rose of Toulouse. He teaches in the Department of English at UCLA where he directs the creative writing program and he is an associate editor of Callaloo.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center