1st Edition

Teaching Creative Writing to Second Language Learners A Guidebook

By Ryan Thorpe Copyright 2022
    294 Pages
    by Routledge

    294 Pages
    by Routledge

    This timely and accessible book offers engaging guidance to teachers of second language students on teaching creative writing in their classrooms. Creative writing is a tool that can inspire second language learners to write more, play with language, and enjoy and improve not only their writing, but also their speaking, listening, and reading skills. Addressing the expectations and perceptions of writing in another language, Thorpe demonstrates how to foster successful creative writing environments and teach and assess creative writing in a way that is tailored to the distinct needs of non-native speakers. Covering key topics such as cultural storytelling, voice, genre, and digital composition, assessment, and more, Thorpe shares successful creative writing instructional practices informed by current research in creative writing and second language education. Each chapter includes insights, advice, and student examples that can help new teachers take their first steps in more reflective second language creative writing classroom.

    An invaluable resource for instructors of non-native students and an ideal text for pre-service teachers in courses in TESOL, writing instruction, and applied linguistics, this book invites you to use creative writing not only as a successful method for teaching L2 writing, but also as a way to improve student motivation and output, for more effective language learning.


    Chapter 1. Introduction to Creative Writing in ESL

    Chapter 2. Expectations and Perceptions

    Chapter 3. Research in Creative Writing

    Chapter 4. The Workshop and Other Options

    Chapter 5. Using Literature

    Chapter 6. Intercultural Storytelling

    Chapter 7. Brainstorming

    Chapter 8. Characters

    Chapter 9. Conflict

    Chapter 10. Setting

    Chapter 11. Dialogue

    Chapter 12. Word Choice

    Chapter 13. Endings

    Chapter 14. Developing Voice

    Chapter 15. Working with Genre

    Chapter 16. Digital Composition

    Chapter 17. Responding to Creative Writing

    Chapter 18. Editing

    Chapter 19. Grading Creative Writing

    Chapter 20. Final Thoughts


    Ryan Thorpe is Associate Teaching Professor at the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute, Shanghai, China.