1st Edition

Teaching Creative Writing in Asia

Edited By Darryl Whetter Copyright 2022
    228 Pages
    by Routledge

    228 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book examines the dynamic landscape of creative educations in Asia, exploring the intersection of post-coloniality, translation, and creative educations in one of the world’s most relevant testing grounds for STEM versus STEAM educational debates.

    Several essays attend to one of today’s most pressing issues in Creative Writing education, and education generally: the convergence of the former educational revolution of Creative Writing in the anglophone world with a defining aspect of the 21st-century—the shift from monolingual to multilingual writers and learners. The essays look at examples from across Asia with specific experience from India, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Taiwan.

    Each of the 14 writer-professor contributors has taught Creative Writing substantially in Asia, often creating and directing the first university Creative Writing programs there. This book will be of interest to anyone following global trends within creative writing and those with an interest in education and multilingualism in Asia.

    Introduction: A Luxury Any Government Can Afford:

    English-Language Creative Writing Pedagogies in Twenty-First-Century Asia

    Darryl Whetter

    Part 1. The Language…

    1. "Speak Good Singlish":
    2. An Ang Moh Directs Singapore’s First Creative Writing Master’s Degree, not Quite in Singlish

      Darryl Whetter

    3. Compromised Tongues: That "Wrong" Language for the Creative Writing We Teach in Asia
    4. Xu Xi 許素細

    5. Charisma versus Amnesia: The Rise of Creative Writing in English India
    6. Saikat Majumdar

    7. The New Creative Writing Classroom of India: The Client-Student, Structures of Privilege and the Spectre of Privatization
    8. Nandini Dhar

    9. Reframing the Field: Genre and the Rising Twenty-First-Century Multilingual Writer
    10. Page Richards

    11. Self-Translation from China: Aspects of Creative Writing in English as a Foreign Language
    12. Fan Dai and Ling Li

    13. Radical Translation: Teaching Poetry Writing in Hong Kong
    14. James Shea

      Part 2. …and the Landscape

    15. Another English: Filipinos Write Back
    16. Jose Dalisay Jr.

    17. The Problem of Memoir in the Philippines: A Possible Solution
    18. Robin Hemley

    19. Teaching Creative Writing in Taiwan: Or, Taking the Worry Out of the Word "Creative"
    20. Robert Anthony Siegel

    21. The Non-Fiction Selfie
    22. Barrie Sherwood

    23. Writing Dance: Mentoring the Voices of Dance Artists across the Asia-Pacific
    24. Stephanie Burridge

    25. Cosmopolitan Creative Writing Pedagogies: First-Person Plural and Writing/Teaching against Offence

    Sreedhevi Iyer


    Darryl Whetter is the author of four books of fiction and two poetry collections, including the 2020 climate-crisis novel Our Sands. After working as a writing professor at various universities in his native Canada, he was the inaugural director of the first full Creative Writing master’s program in Singapore.