Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday Find: The Best of the AWP Pedagogy Papers 2009

I'm actually not going to attend the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference this year (for those of you who aren't familiar with it, it's coming up pretty soon in Chicago). But that doesn't mean I can't enjoy perusing a selection of AWP "pedagogy papers" now posted online. The 20 one-pagers compiled for this mini-collection--determined to be "the best" of the many papers submitted this year--span multiple instructional levels and genres, and they're bound to give you some ideas for your own teaching practice.

I'm especially happy to see some familiar names in this year's batch of "the best," and I send warm congratulations to my good friend Rachel Hall and to my former MFA classmate Sylvia Hoffmire for making the cut. I'm also pleased to see a topic that was at the core of an AWP panel presentation I collaborated on many years ago--the role of "work" in fiction--resurfacing in David Lumpkin's paper ("Make Your Characters Work: Jobs and Three-Dimensional Plots in Short Fiction").

Have I piqued your interest yet? You can download the full document here. Enjoy, and have a great weekend!


Computer Clarity © 2004 said...

Thanks so much for the link to the AWP document. It's terrific.

THe energy and depth of content you put into your site & blog continue to amaze me.

Helen Gallagher

Erika D. said...

Helen, thank you so much for your lovely comment. That is a really nice document, isn't it?