Reading as a Writer in Australia and China: Adapting the Workshop

Jeri Kroll, Fan Dai

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    The Western writing craft workshop has been dominated by a narrow conception of reading as a writer. An overview of Creative Writing as a discipline in Australia and China suggests that a broader conception of reading as a writer would enrich teaching in both the Anglophone countries and Asia while it improves expression and enhances cultural understanding. A comparison of courses that focus on nonfiction at Flinders University in Australia and Sun Yat-sen University in China demonstrates how reading that takes into account a variety of subject aims and outcomes and reflects diverse cultural experiences can benefit native speakers, those who come from non-English speaking backgrounds and second-language learners. Sharing strategies to facilitate language learning and craft knowledge will improve expression and broaden cultural perspectives. In addition, the teaching of nonfiction, which must be pursued at a critical, craft and ethical level, highlights the social responsibility not only of professional writers who are studied but of apprentice writers as they work towards critical and creative competence.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)77-91
    Number of pages15
    JournalNew Writing: The International Journal For The Practice and Theory of Creative Writing
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2014


    • craft knowledge
    • creative writing workshop
    • non-English speaking backgrounds
    • nonfiction
    • reading as a writer
    • second-language learners


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