Creative writers have long resisted the formal formation of any kind of pedagogy, and the process of creative writing can often feel rather confusing and opaque. In this interactive talk, we will discuss the current state of creative writing in the university, what are some of the advantages and disadvantages of this system, and how we can start to engage in the practice of creative writing. To push these points home, we will take pen to paper and outline some characters, talk about the conscious choices a writer needs to make, and finish off with some collaborative storytelling.
Dr. Ryan Thorpe is an assistant teaching professor at the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute where he teaches writing and humanities classes. He is the poetry editor of The Shanghai Literary Review, the editor of The Blue Tiger Review, and is the founder and director of the Shanghai Writing Workshop. He writes columns for The Global Times and Sixth Tone, has published in numerous literary journals, and is currently working on a creative writing textbook that will scaffold the intersection of second language writing and creative writing.