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Sunday, August 21, 2016
Article Mentioning Yoga for Hands in Journal of Creative Writing Studies
For anyone interested in my Yoga for Hands, I describe it at length as one of four teaching methods in a new article, "The Terrain of Prewriting," just published in Volume 2 of the Journal of Creative Writing Studies (an exciting new journal that publishes research examining the teaching, practice, theory, and history of creative writing).
Here's the link: http://scholarworks.rit.edu/jcws/ Here's the abstract for the article:
In this article, I make a case for increased instruction in prewriting and specifically the preverbal as a more effective instruction in the process of creative writing than afforded by mainly exercise- or workshop-based teaching. Prewriting is the moment in which the writer faces the preverbal in order to begin writing: it is an expansive mindset containing few preconceptions about style, content, or genre. To successfully engage the preverbal, creative writing students work at a distance from audience expectations through activities which are low-stakes, informal, and occasionally private. The article describes four invention heuristics which foster the preverbal: freewriting, Peter Elbow’s Open-Ended method, Sondra Perl’s Felt Sense method, and Yoga for Hands. The benefits of this prewriting-based invention in the creative writing classroom are multifold. Such invention strategies help students generate ideas for new pieces; foster awareness of the creative process; and help reduce writing anxiety in the short- and long-term. In fact, prewriting can serve as a bellwether for the quality of a person’s overall writing process—and writing education.