Chapters and contributors: 1.Making the Creative Writing Major Work for You: Planning Now for the Best Outcome by Stephanie Vanderslice, 2. Studying Creative Writing at Today's College or University: What Should I Expect and What Skills Should I Bring? by Trent Hergenrader, 3. Reading as a Writer, Writing as a Reader by Tim Mayers, 4.Invention: Get Started and Keep Going by Travis Nicholson, 5. Revising Your Writing: Strategies for Improving your Work Draft by Draft by Mary Ann Cain, 6. Presenting Your Writing: How to Give a Reading by Garry Craig Powell, 7. The Critical and Reflective Study in Creative Writing: How to Write Them and Why by Dianne Donnelly, 8. Grading Creative Writing: How It's Done and Why by Julie Platt, 9.Learning Creative Writing in Cyberspace: Getting the Most out of an Online Writing Course by Joseph Rein, 10.Beyond Graduation: Sustaining Yourself as a Writer by Anna Leahy, 11. Literary Citizenship: How to Contribute to the Literary Community and Why You Should by Donna Steiner.
Volume editor Stephanie Vanderslice is Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the Arkansas Writers MFA Workshop at the University of Central Arkansas. She has published three books on creative writing: Can It Really Be Taught?: Resisting Lore in Creative Writing Pedagogy (Heinemann, 2007), Teaching Creative Writing to Undergraduates:A Guide and Sourcebook (Fountainhead, 2012) (both with Kelly Ritter) and Rethinking Creative Writing (Professional and Higher Partnership, 2012). Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in many journals, anthologies and online publications. In 2012 she was named Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching U.S. Professor of the Year for the state of Arkansas.
'A practical field guide to the rocky, thrilling terrain that is a creative writing program. Packed with advice, anecdotes, and practical strategies for students seeking to thrive as writing students in the academy, and beyond.' HEATHER SELLERS, author of The Practice of Creative Writing: A Guide for Students