Creativity and Writing Pedagogy - Linking Creative Writers, Researchers, and Teachers - Harriet Levin Millan

Creativity and Writing Pedagogy - Linking Creative Writers, Researchers, and Teachers - Harriet Levin Millan

9. Beating Drums in the Caves of the Underworld: The Creative Process as a Journey into the Spirit World

Creativity and Writing Pedagogy - Linking Creative Writers, Researchers, and Teachers - Harriet Levin Millan

Laura Valeri [+-]
Georgia Southern University
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Laura Valeri is the author of two collections of short stories, Safe in Your Head (Stephen F. Austin University Press) and The Kinds of Things Saints Do (University of Iowa Press), both recipients of literary awards and honors. She has written numerous short stories and essays on craft for a variety of journals and e-zines, and she is currently at work on a novel about Sumerian mythology. She holds an M.F.A. in Fiction from Florida International University and an M.F.A. in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University.

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Writing a story is on the surface only a matter of discipline, but I argue that inherent in the creative process is a battle between order and chaos documented in the earliest myths of civilization. I examine several myths about the journey to the underworld to suggest that these stories are metaphors for the biology and psychology that empower the creative process.

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Valeri, Laura. 9. Beating Drums in the Caves of the Underworld: The Creative Process as a Journey into the Spirit World. Creativity and Writing Pedagogy - Linking Creative Writers, Researchers, and Teachers. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 179-191 Nov 2014. ISBN 9781781791165. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=23828. Date accessed: 10 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.23828. Nov 2014

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