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Creative Writing for Professional Writing Majors

  • Mary Rist
  • Sasha West
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Part of the The Arts in Higher Education book series (AHE)

Abstract

While universities usually offer creative writing courses as part of the traditional literature major, this arrangement can obscure the professional value of the skills taught in creative writing workshops (including storytelling, extended peer review, and concern for sentence craft). This chapter argues for the inclusion of creative writing courses in the professional writing curriculum and describes a program in which creative writers participate with aspiring journalists, editors, and marketing writers in an undergraduate writing and rhetoric major. Programs like these allow creative writing students to learn editing, digital media skills, and rhetorical history, while the professional writers and journalists develop empathy and other creative habits of mind as they practice collaboration and critique in writing workshops.

Keywords

Creative writing Creativity Professional writing Collaboration Editing Rhetoric Empathy Workshop Peer review Undergraduate writing majors STEM-to-STEAM 

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Rist
    • 1
  • Sasha West
    • 1
  1. 1.St. Edward’s UniversityAustinUSA

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