In my Teaching Creative Writing course, a senior seminar, we spend the first few weeks talking and reading about the history of higher education and the history of writing and creative writing with that landscape. It’s a lot of history, a lot of names, dates and places to remember so before we move on, I have them get into groups to create a poster that provides a visual representation of that history. I borrowed the idea from a grad school teacher of mine (thank you, Dr. Ann Dobie) and find that the mental leaps required to put something in visual form really helps cement that learning.
It is also great fun to see what they come up with. They are incredibly creative. In years past, I’ve had creative writing history portrayed as the “evolution of man,” as the solar system, you name it. I’m sharing with you some of my favorites from this year. First, the Creative Writing History World Tour T-Shirt:
Next, some of the text from the “comic book history of Creative Writing in Education.”
I’d say they get it, wouldn’t you?
Coming soon, a look inside a grant review session and San Francisco sunsets.