Relief: Observations on Creative Nonfiction as Pedagogy

  • Mark Silverberg Cape Breton University
Keywords: creative writing, creative nonfiction, defamiliarization, ESL/EFL teaching/writing, nonstandard English, personal essay, writing development

Abstract

“Relief: Observations on Creative Nonfiction as Pedagogy” offers a case study in the possibilities of using creative writing as a pedagogical tool with ESL students. Analyzing the experience, comments, and creative work of a Chinese nursing student named Wei Wan at Ryerson University, the essay explores the benefits of personal writing and peer workshops as tools for self-exploration, aesthetic appreciation, and confidence building. While urging teachers to see the advantages of this methodology, the paper also reflects on the literary values of creative work in hybrid, non-standard English forms.

Published
2019-05-31
How to Cite
SilverbergM. (2019). Relief: Observations on Creative Nonfiction as Pedagogy. LEARNing Landscapes, 12(1), 249-258. https://doi.org/10.36510/learnland.v12i1.991