Reading literature and writerly self-consciousness: personal reflections on reading and teaching creative writing

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Abstract

The importance of reading to writing has often been asserted and it is generally agreed that providing Creative Writing students with opportunities to read literature, including ‘classic’ texts, plays an important role in teaching Creative Writing. Selfconsciously ‘literary’ texts can be particularly useful in highlighting how such texts have been made. Yet the amount of reading that can be offered during Creative
Writing courses is limited and many Creative Writing students have not read widely. As a result, many students have a limited range of models for their creative work, which is often relatively unambitious. Combining Literary Studies and Creative Writing courses and course practices and, in doing so, encouraging students to write as readers and read as writers is one way to improve the teaching of Creative
Writing and Literary Studies in Australian universities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Strange Bedfellows or Perfect Partners Papers: the refereed proceedings of the 15th conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, 2010
Place of PublicationOnline
PublisherThe Australiasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP)
Pages1-9
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780980757330
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventThe Australian Association of Writing Program?s 15th annual conference: Strange Bedfellows or Perfect Partners?The role of literary studies in creative writing programs - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 25 Nov 201027 Nov 2010

Conference

ConferenceThe Australian Association of Writing Program?s 15th annual conference: Strange Bedfellows or Perfect Partners?The role of literary studies in creative writing programs
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period25/11/1027/11/10

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    Hetherington, P. (2010). Reading literature and writerly self-consciousness: personal reflections on reading and teaching creative writing. In The Strange Bedfellows or Perfect Partners Papers: the refereed proceedings of the 15th conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, 2010 (pp. 1-9). The Australiasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP). http://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/theaawp/pages/85/attachments/original/1385080424/Hetherington.pdf?1385080424