Writing Intersectional Identities
Is it okay to write about people of other genders, races and identities? And how do I do this responsibly?
Whether you are working in fiction, poetry, drama or creative non-fiction, becoming conscious of how you represent people of different social identities is one of the most important responsibilities you have as a writer. This is the first practical guide to thinking and writing reflectively about these issues.
Writing Intersectional Identities is meant for writers of fiction, poetry, screenplays and creative non-fiction who are seeking to develop a writing practice that is attentive to the world.
Critical Creative Writing
Bringing together 25 essential works of creative writing criticism in a single volume, this is a comprehensive introduction to the key debates in creative writing today, from the ethics of appropriation to the politics of literary evaluation. Critical Creative Writing covers such topics as:
· Craft & Politics
· Language & Community
· Identity & Authorship
· Representation & Counternarrative
· Appropriation & Intertextuality
· Evaluation & Genre
The book anthologizes critical essays written by international literary writers. Each essay is contextualized with an introduction as well as sample questions, writing prompts and suggested readings.
Toward an Inclusive Creative Writing
The creative writing workshop has existed since the early part of the 20th century, but does it adequately serve the students who come to it today? While the workshop is often thought of as a form of student-centered pedagogy, it turns out that workshop conversations serve to marginalize a range of aesthetic orientations and the cultural histories to which they belong. Given the shifting demographics of higher education, it is time to re-evaluate the creative writing curriculum and move literary writing pedagogy toward a more inclusive, equitable model.
Toward an Inclusive Creative Writing makes the argument that creative writing stands upon problematic assumptions about what counts as valid artistic production, and these implicit beliefs result in exclusionary pedagogical practices. To counter this tendency of creative writing, this book proposes a revised curriculum that rests upon 12 threshold concepts that can serve to transform the teaching of literary writing craft.
Adsit, Janelle. "Creative writing and the limits of Naming What We Know: threshold concepts from aesthetic theory and creativity studies in the literary writing curriculum." New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing (2017): 1-9.
Adsit, Janelle. "The writer and meta-knowledge about writing: threshold concepts in creative writing." New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing 14.3 (2017): 304-315.
Adsit, Janelle, et al. “Affective Advocacy: Answering Institutional Productions of Precarity in the Corporate University.” Special Issue: Institutional Feelings: Practicing Women's Studies in the Corporate University. Eds. Jennifer Nash and Emily Owens. Feminist Formations 27.3 (Dec. 2015): 21-48. Print.
Adsit, Janelle. "Place-Based Pedagogy and Creative Writing as a Fieldwork Course." Creative Writing Innovations: Breaking Boundaries in the Classroom. Eds. Michael Dean Clark, Trent Hergenrader, and Joseph Rein. Bloomsbury Academic, 2017.
Doe, Sue, Maria Maisto, and Janelle Adsit. “What Counts and What Works: Bringing Affect into 'Effectiveness’ in Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Advocacy and Activism.” Contingency, Exploitation, and Solidarity: Labor and Action in English Composition. Eds. Karen Fitts, et al. Anderson: Parlor P, 2017.
Adsit, Janelle. “Under-representation of Feminist Aesthetics in Creative Writing Craft Texts.” (In)Scribing Gender: International Female Writers and the Creative Process. Ed. Jen Westmoreland Bouchard. Nashville, TN: Diversion P, 2015.
Adsit, Janelle. “An Account of Oneself: Teaching Identity Construction in Creative Nonfiction and Social Media.” Creative Writing in the Digital Age. Eds. Michael Dean Clark, Trent Hergenrader, and Joseph Rein. New York: Bloomsbury, 2015. Print.
“Review: Those Good Gertrudes: A Social History of Women Teachers in America, by Geraldine J. Clifford.” Peitho (Spring 2015).
“Review: Sister Species: Women, Animals, and Social Justice, edited by Lisa A. Kemmerer.” ForeWord (Jul./ Aug. 2011). Print.
“Review: The Overseer’s Cabin, by Édouard Glissant.” ForeWord (Mar./Apr. 2011). Print.
“Review: Bring on the Books for Everybody: How Literary Culture Became Popular Culture, by Jim Collins.” ForeWord (May/Jun. 2010). Print.
"Review: In an Uncharted Country, by Clifford Garstang." Mid-American Review 30.1&2 (Spring 2010). Print.
“Review: First We Read, Then We Write, by Robert D. Richardson.” Colorado Review 37.1 (Spring 2010). Print.
"Review: The Winter Sun: Notes on a Vocation." Colorado Review. Web.
"Review: The Papers of Howard Washington Thurman: Volume 1: My People Need Me, June 1918-March 1936, edited by Walter Earl Fluker." ForeWord (Jan./Feb. 2010). Print.
"Featured Review: Beg, Borrow, Steal, by Michael Greenberg." ForeWord (Sept./Oct.2009). Print.
"Review: When to Go Into the Water, by Lawrence Sutin." Book/Mark (Summer 2009). Print.