ENGL 922 (04) - Advanced Topics in Literacy Instruction

Adv Top/WritUnbnd:Plc for Fict

Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 2.0
Term: Summer 2022 - Special Summer Session (05/23/2022 - 08/28/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   14  
CRN: 70925
Specialized study of literacy topics that may include: A) Nature Journaling; B) Gender and Literacy; C) Digital Storytelling; D) Multigenre Writing; E) Assessment; F) Capstone Project; and G) Literacy Problem.
Section Comments: Writing Unbound: Finding a Place for Fiction
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Instructors: Thomas Newkirk

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
7/11/2022 7/15/2022 MTWRF 8:15am - 2:30pm HS 124
Additional Course Details: 

Writing Unbound: Finding a Place for Fiction

While the reading of fiction is at the absolute center of the English/Language Arts, the writing of fiction usually fades out in middle school—if it lasts that long. Yet the desire to write fiction-- to create imagined worlds, characters, and conflicts--doesn’t die. In this short course, we will explore ways to open the door to fiction writing. We will try our hand at short fiction; we will interview teachers who bring fiction (even novel writing) into the classroom; and we’ll talk with students who are avid fiction writers. We’ll even show how fiction writing can support literary analysis.  

Tom Newkirk is a Professor of English, Emeritus at the University of New Hampshire. In his career there he founded the New Hampshire Literacy Institute, the Learning Through Teaching Program, and the Writers Academy—in addition to directing the First-Year writing Program. He is the author of numerous books, articles, and the editor of collections on literacy teaching at all grade levels. His most recent book is Writing Unbound: How Fiction Transforms Student Writers (Heinemann, 2021). In his “retirement” he works as an editor for Heinemann, and for the past 10 years has served on the local school board.