Event Title

Voice, agency, and social justice: The creative writing workshop, cultural-historical activity, schema, and discourse theories

Presenter Information

Lori A. Howe, University of Wyoming

Location

ED Annex 318

Start Date

7-3-2014 9:30 AM

End Date

7-3-2014 10:30 AM

Description

This study examines intersections of literacy theory and creative writing workshops. Its dual goals are to offer data and ethnographic testimony regarding the usefulness of the creative writing workshop, and to draw into coherence several lines of thought inside Cultural-Historical Activity Theory. The challenge of this study is its inherent contradictions; traditionally, creative writing workshops eschew theory, and even though workshop creates artifacts that simultaneously reify both Schema and Discourse Theory, they are generally considered oppositional. Through the lenses of CHAT, Schema, and Discourse Theory, the roles writing groups play in individual development and social change are freshly illuminated.

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Voice, agency, and social justice: The creative writing workshop, cultural-historical activity, schema, and discourse theories

ED Annex 318

This study examines intersections of literacy theory and creative writing workshops. Its dual goals are to offer data and ethnographic testimony regarding the usefulness of the creative writing workshop, and to draw into coherence several lines of thought inside Cultural-Historical Activity Theory. The challenge of this study is its inherent contradictions; traditionally, creative writing workshops eschew theory, and even though workshop creates artifacts that simultaneously reify both Schema and Discourse Theory, they are generally considered oppositional. Through the lenses of CHAT, Schema, and Discourse Theory, the roles writing groups play in individual development and social change are freshly illuminated.