This teachers-only workshop functions both as its own unit for three hours a day, as well as a part of the larger Chesapeake Writers’ Conference and its many lectures, talks, panels, and readings. During our class time, we will work on our own writing as well as on innovative ways of implementing creative writing into the classroom. We see one’s own creative practice and interest as the most important means of exciting students about writing, and we’ll focus on pedagogically harnessing that skill and enthusiasm.
Whether you’ve been hard at work on a book of poems or your novel has been in the deep freeze, this workshop will be a chance to renew and revitalize your project, allow you the opportunity to work closely with other teachers who are also trying to balance teaching and writing. Those folks will offer you fresh eyes on your writing, and you will do the same for them. Along the way, we’ll get concrete about infusing the syllabus with creative writing exercises and assignments, while covering the writing process, editing, and revision.
The class will offer two credits of graduate credit from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, which can be used toward fulfilling continuing professional development requirements in Maryland and elsewhere.
Please send along a writing sample. It can be poems, an essay, or a piece of fiction. No more than 15 pages, whatever it is. Please do not include your name anywhere on your writing sample itself.