S262. The Influence of Introductory Creative Writing Textbooks

Room 204C, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Saturday, February 11, 2017
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


As authors or coauthors of four of the bestselling multigenre creative writing textbooks in North America, Janet Burroway, Heather Sellers, David Starkey, and Diane Thiel have a large influence on the way many undergraduates are introduced to creative writing, and, indeed, to contemporary literature. This panel explores the decisions these influential textbook authors make when writing about genres and choosing authors to illustrate those genres.


David Starkey is director of the creative writing program at Santa Barbara City College and served as Santa Barbara’s 2009–2010 poet laureate. His introductory textbook, Creative Writing: Four Genres in Brief, will soon be in its third edition.

Janet Burroway is author of eight novels including Raw Silk, Cutting Stone, and Bridge of Sand, and textbooks Writing Fiction and Imaginative Writing. Her memoir Losing Tim appeared 2014. She is Distinguished Professor Emerita at FSU, and winner of the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award for Florida.

Heather Sellers is the author of The Practice of Creative Writing, a textbook for the multigenre course, and You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know, a memoir, and two collections of poetry, and a book of fiction, Georgia Under Water. She teaches in the MFA program at USF.

Diane Thiel is the author of eleven books of poetry, nonfiction, and pedagogy, as well as a widely published translator. She has received an NEA award, a Fulbright, and other awards. She is professor and director of the creative writing program at the University of New Mexico.


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