Series Editor's Preface

Investigative Creative Writing - Teaching and Practice - Mark Spitzer

Martha C. Pennington [+-]
SOAS and Birkbeck College, University of London
Martha C. Pennington (Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania) holds positions at the University of London as Professorial Research Associate in Linguistics, School for Oriental and African Studies, and Research Fellow in Applied Linguistics and Communication, Birkbeck College. Professor Pennington is the founding editor of the journal, Writing & Pedagogy (Equinox), and the editor of two book series, Frameworks for Writing (Equinox) and Innovation and Leadership in English Language Teaching (Brill). She has published 15 books and over 200 articles in edited collections and journals including TESOL Quarterly, Modern Language Journal, System, Journal of Second Language Writing, Language and Education, Language Culture and Curriculum, Computers and Composition, Computer Assisted Language Learning, RELC Journal, and World Englishes. Her current work centers on creativity in academic writing, effects of technology on literacy, humor and language, bilingualism, and English phonology in applied linguistics.


Creative writing pedagogy is enjoying a rapid expansion. Investigative Creative Writing builds on teaching theories of established writers and scholars as well as current innovators in the field. In laying out the theoretical foundation for an experiential, discovery-based learning approach, the book is primarily aimed at those who teach at college/tertiary level. It will also be useful for teachers and students practicing the craft of writing in related fields like English, writing, linguistics, communications, composition and rhetoric and education. Investigative Creative Writing can be envisioned as a practical tool for overcoming hurdles that impede writers from venturing into unknown territory where discoveries take place. In other words, beyond assisting in developing and honing more cutting-edge creative writing programs, this guidebook will be extremely helpful for curious intellects in getting to the meat of the matter, generating narratives, identifying arguments, fleshing out character traits, discovering direction for plots, and developing a host of other skills that foster and embolden a literal and literary freedom of the imagination. Examples of student assignments are included in the text as well as instructions for assignments from past classes which are intended for instructors to adjust according to their needs.

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Pennington, Martha. Series Editor's Preface. Investigative Creative Writing - Teaching and Practice. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Jan 2020. ISBN 9781781797181. Date accessed: 19 Nov 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39346. Jan 2020

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