• Dwelling in Possibilities:  Communication, Lateral Thinking and National Poetry Month

    April is National Poetry Month! We've asked some of our LitBits bloggers to discuss how they approach poetry with their literature and creative writing students.   Today's featured guest blogger is Cri...
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  • From Adjectives to Extraordinary

      Today's featured guest blogger is Shane Bradley, Administrative Dean, Writing Program Director, and Assistant Professor of English at Erskine College.   My wife bought a wooden sculpture at...
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  • Aliens, cops, and robbers, oh my!

    Today's featured guest blogger is Bill Leach,  Liberal Arts Program Chair and Assistant Professor of English at Florida Institute of Technology     What do alien abductions, cops chasing robbers, ...
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  • Video Resources for Creative Writing Students

    Today's featured guest blogger is Tammy Powley, Professor at Indian River State College.    Wouldn’t it be great if the first day of your creative writing course started with an inspirational tal...
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  • The Guided Story: Looking for Trouble

    While reading stories from my students this semester I noticed in many pieces there was a clear tension between two characters, but no other elements of conflict. In our individual conferences, many students expressed...
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  • Poetry as Workshop Prep

    April is National Poetry Month! We've asked some of our LitBits bloggers to discuss how they approach poetry with their literature and creative writing students.   Before the first workshop of the semester i...
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  • Action from the Abstract

    My fiction students came to a unanimous conclusion this semester: writing scenes without abstract language is hard. How are we supposed to make sure the reader understands what the characters are thinking and feeling ...
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  • Digital Storytelling

    In my writing classrooms I ask my students to challenge their idea of what makes a “good” story. I encourage them to imagine new and unfamiliar ways of experiencing a story, and then I support them in brin...
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  • Happy Endings

    One of the most common complaints I hear in my undergraduate courses is how depressing literature is. And in my creative writing classes this translates to: Why do we have to write literature that is so depressing? Do...
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  • The Syllabus as a Living Document Throughout the Semester

    As I gear up for the new semester, I’m finalizing my course syllabus, and again, as before every semester, I find myself curious about the best strategies to balance my desires to convey important information to...
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  • All Work and No Play

    This semester I am teaching a graduate course on creative writing pedagogy, and I have a student who is quietly but persistently trying to shift the murderous and tortured language with which I, and so many other writ...
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  • Genre Fiction: Wizards? Private Eyes? Space Aliens?

    This post originally appeared on the blog on 9/14/11     We are finally—I believe—past the time of the unexamined assumption that literary fiction is automatically high art (and therefore worthy ...
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  • The Point of View “Secret” Menu: A Closer Look at Second Person Point of View

    Last month I shared the Point of View Menu, a tool I use to help students see the effects of their point of view and tense choices in a story. My students were floored by the possibilities, and they were particularly ...
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  • Writing as Revenge

    This post originally appeared on the blog on 2/10/12         I read Lorraine Berry’s Salon article, “Dear Female Students: Stop Writing about Men,” w...
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  • You Write, Too?

    This post originally appeared on the blog on 12/22/11   I’m always surprised when, weeks into a semester, I’ll say something in class that prompts a student to tilt his head at me and say, “Wai...
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  • The Point of View Menu

    My introductory fiction students excelled at identifying the point of view in the stories we read—first person has “I” or “we,” second person has “you,” and so on. Identifying...
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  • Attack the Block

    This blog was originally posted on January 23, 2013.   The question took me by surprise.  We were about halfway through the semester, and I’d finally figured out the rhythm and patterns of my 10:10- ...
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  • Dramatic Punctuation: Some Ideas for Beginning Playwrights

    [[This blog post originally appeared on February 1, 2013.]]   Dramatic writers aim to capture the way that people speak:  Therefore, grammatical correctness is not necessarily important in the text of a pla...
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  • It’s on the Syllabus: Creating Sacred Space

    [[This blog was originally posted on January 30, 2013]]   The bad poet is usually unconscious where he ought to be conscious, and conscious where he ought to be unconscious. –T S Eliot Recently, I planne...
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  • Things I Wish Somebody Had Told Me

    This post originally appeared on February 22, 2013.   Yesterday I wrote a course description for next semester. It was due only a week ago, so I’m feeling pretty good about getting it done. I’m thin...
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