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I have always approached creative and personal writing not as “natural talents” that students either have or don’t have, but rather as skills that can be learned and developed. The more deeply and consciously students use writing processes to explore themselves and their lives, the more deep and rich their writing becomes....
I have always approached creative and personal writing not as “natural talents” that students either have or don’t have, but rather as skills that can be learned and developed. The more deeply and consciously students use writing processes to explore themselves and their lives, the more deep and rich their writing becomes. Furthermore, writing that begins with personal ideas and experiences and then is explored in form, structure, and meaning can, in turn, enrich what is normally considered academic work.
I have plenty of intuitive and anecdotal “evidence” to support these ideas. Now I’d like to take things a step further: what’s the hard evidence? What does the research say?
So... the questions currently I'm interested in answering are...
1) What’s are pedagogical best practices for creative, imaginative, and/or personal writing?
2) If a person wanted to become a college student, why might it be "good" for them to start with creative and/or personal writing?
3) Specifically HOW could the practice of creative writing lead a student toward academic writing?
4) What happens (cognitively) when a person writes creatively/imaginatively?