Teaching Composition Creatively by Maggie Hess
Teachers of writing want students to think of themselves as writers. This simple shift in identification indicates a larger move from being a passive learner to being an active participant in the classroom and in the writing, thinking world. Teachers want students to feel a sense of agency as they writeâ€”the ability to consciously control languageâ€”and to feel a sense of agency through writingâ€”to know that what they write matters and is nothing less than a platform for their voices to be heard. In this regard, there is a vast discrepancy between courses in creative writing and composition.