Teach Creative Writing

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In a single semester, our low-residency Post-MFA Certificate program takes aspiring teachers from theory to practice, focusing on methods of teaching writing and allowing the student to gain practical classroom experience through either a face-to-face or an online supervised teaching placement.

In a single semester, our low-residency Post-MFA Certificate program takes aspiring teachers from theory to practice, focusing on methods of teaching writing and allowing the student to gain practical classroom experience through either a face-to-face or an online supervised teaching placement.

In 1972, I left England and Sussex University, where I had been teaching such things as Chaucer, Romantic Poetry, and Tragedy, and came to Florida State, where as a novelist and new hire in the embryonic Creative Writing Program I was assigned “Narrative Techniques,” the first course in fiction. I was familiar with the form of the workshop from my undergraduate days at Barnard, but this was intended as an instructional first course, including lectures and the discussion of concepts.

There were (it is difficult now to imagine) virtually no books to serve as guidance. I read another how-to, the name and author of which I no longer remember, but which memorably assured me that women use a lot of exclamation points but men should not.

In the face of this, it amazed me, as a young teacher, to find that my (by and large poorly read) students were passionate about writing fiction. Was this a lazy alternative to academia, or were we in fact the monks of the new dark ages, keeping the culture alive? ” by Bryan Caplan, and “The Desirability of Storytellers” by Ed Yong.

Caplan, a professor of economics, argues that college graduates earn more than non-college-educated people mainly because of the “signaling” of preexisting traits, not anything they’ve learned; a student who completes a Ph D in philosophy, for example, has shown herself to be “brilliant, diligent, and willing to tolerate serious boredom,” all eminently employable traits.

Anyone who holds an MFA in Creative Writing from an accredited institution may apply for the Certificate program.

Although the Certificate is not a formal teaching “credential,” we believe that it is very useful to the following groups: The Post-Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Creative Writing is a one-semester program completed in three stages: The entering Certificate Student must attend a 10-day residency on the Antioch University Los Angeles campus during which he or she completes the following requirements: *Some requirements of the Pre-Project Period Residency are waived for students who have already completed requirements at previous AULA Residencies.

AULA MFA’s who have not completed all of the above requirements should consult the MFA Program Chair.

During the semester-long Project Period, Certificate students perform the following off-campus activities: The details of 1-4 are negotiated with each student’s mentor and listed in the Project Period Contract.

Yong, on the other hand, recounts the experience of social scientists among preliterate societies of hunter-gatherers in the Philippines and Bolivia.

Among the Tsimane of Bolivia, they showed that stories conveyed important information about food, weather, and animal behavior, as well as reinforcing norms and ethics.

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