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By Graeme Harper

This booklet explores artistic writing and its quite a few relationships to schooling via a couple of brief, evocative chapters written by way of key gamers within the box. now and then debatable, the e-book provides concerns, principles and pedagogic practices regarding artistic writing in and round schooling, with a spotlight on larger schooling. the quantity goals to provide the reader a feeling of up to date pondering and to supply a few replacement issues of view, providing examples of ways these concerned suppose in regards to the dating among artistic writing and schooling. a number of the participants play impressive roles in nationwide and overseas businesses all in favour of artistic writing and schooling. The e-book additionally encompasses a Foreword by way of Philip Gross, who gained the 2009 TS Eliot Prize for poetry.

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The questions and answers in this chapter largely relate to the definition of the relationship between creative writing and education, and to what the interviewees believe is (or can be) learnt. The mid-book section concludes with a commentary from Katharine Coles on, among other things, care and risk in creative writing teaching, a topic I felt was well suited to provide the book’s fulcrum. She writes: ‘A possible way to think generally about the tension between the need to master technique while at the same time taking risks is to distinguish care from carefulness, aiming for the former while trying not to tip over into the latter’.

RA: Students faced with the blank page and forced to decide between naively asserting the truth of their own experience and wholeheartedly accepting the truth of a table-thumping audience of peers and teacher find themselves in a precarious position, even an utter quandary. Do they simply put forth their own vision of the bird and insist upon its validity, any objections notwithstanding, or do they give themselves over to the will of the group – and, more often than not, the teacher – in order to please that audience and hope for the aforementioned modest but respectable reward?

McCrory, 1989: 126) In this image of the corpse, the weight of both history and the lived past reveals itself as something dragged, something that cannot be shaken off or lost, which many experience as the fate of those of us in the Irish diaspora, while for Cashdan, a Jewish person of Russian descent, this image, while immediately recognized, provoked an uncertainty: was that corpse being dragged Russia, Israel or on some occasions England itself? 29 30 Creative Writing and Education The sense of identity is something which challenges the way writers use the language they have acquired and has provoked us to consider a joint response to our respective senses of identity, both formed from expatriate histories.

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