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Teaching the changing story

Hurley, UK 2007, 'Teaching the changing story' , Writing in Education (43) , pp. 57-61.

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This paper begins with a brief survey of the state of contemporary short fiction practice, with particular reference to McSweeneys Quarterly Concern, leading into a reflective account of pedagogical approaches to short fiction on Creative Writing degree programmes; an examination of expectations of Creative Writing courses from the point of view of students, teachers and the publishing industry; and consideration of how teaching methods can accommodate or respond to potentially conflicting aspirations. An account of delivering a short fiction module, and an evaluation of personal teaching practice, lessons learned and principles extrapolated concludes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pedagogy, short fiction
Themes: Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PS American literature
Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for English Literature and Language
Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Writing in Education
Publisher: National Association of Writers in Education
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 13618539
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Depositing User: Dr Ursula Hurley
Date Deposited: 06 May 2009 14:46
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:38
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