Postcards from the Pandemic: Teaching Creative Writing During COVID-19

Cantrell, Kate ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5689-614X and Doolan, Emma and Palmer, Kelly (2020) Postcards from the Pandemic: Teaching Creative Writing During COVID-19. In: 25th Australasian Association of Writing Programs Conference (AAWP 2020), 16-18 Nov 2020, Gold Coast, Australia.

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Abstract

This panel offers perspectives from three creative writing academics on the personal and professional challenges of teaching creative writing during the COVID-19 pandemic. As lockdown began and social distancing became the norm, mainstream media looked to writers for advice on how to work from home, while teachers used to delivering face-to-face instruction devised new strategies for engaging students online. Some of these strategies worked; others didn’t. Unsurprisingly, as many students struggled to adjust, anxiety increased and students' capacity to engage with their studies was affected. In some cases, the type of stories students submitted for assessment also changed. Following the question of how this adaptation, or failure to adapt, inevitably transformed creative writing praxis, this panel explores three practical and pedagogical intersections: managing workloads, making allowances, and maintaining wellness during a pandemic. This paper suggests that while art may absorb chaos and anxiety to aesthetic effect, teachers and students are stretched beyond capacity.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2020 03:38
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2021 01:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: creative writing; creative writing pedagogy; higher education; creative arts research; online learning; digital pedagogies; COVID-19
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390101 Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3602 Creative and professional writing > 360201 Creative writing (incl. scriptwriting)
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280109 Expanding knowledge in education
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280122 Expanding knowledge in creative arts and writing studies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/40297

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