Creative Writing in the Community is the first book to focus on the practical side of creative writing.
Connecting classroom experiences to community-based projects, it prepares creative writing students for teaching in schools, homeless centers, youth clubs and care homes.
Each chapter is packed with easy-to-use resources including: specific lesson plans; case studies of students working with community groups; lists of suitable writing examples; "how to..." sections; examples and theoretical applications of creative writing pedagogy and techniques; reflection questions; writings by workshop participants.
Enhanced by contributions from directors,students and teachers at successful public programs, Creative Writing in the Community is more than an essential guide for students on creative writing courses and leaders of community-based learning programs; it is practical demonstration of the value of art in society.
Terry Ann Thaxton is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Central Florida, USA.
1. The Public Literary Artist 2. Does Creative Writing Matter? 3. Who Are They? Part I 4. What is Service-Learning (or Community-Based Learning)? 5. You Aren't the Only One Out There 6. The Immersed Literary Artist 7. Creative Writing as Social Activism 8. How We Teach and How We Learn Creative Writing 9. Is Anything Happening? 10. Giving Community Members (a Loud) Voice 11. Who Are They? Part II 12. Publication - Your Work and Theirs 13. Saying Goodbye Index