In an essay in her collection Colors of a Different Horse, Wendy Bishop says that composition teachers do indeed ìneed to be crossing the line between composition and creative writing far more often that we doî (Bishop 181). Bishop herself has taught both creative writing and composition, and has done both by entering the situation in the mindset of the other. She readily admits that she writes poetry (and not composition), yet she ìwas formally trained to teach compositionî as opposed to poetry (Bishop 183). With this quote, Bishop makes a point to explore composition teachersí qualifications for teaching the writing in which they instruct; she teaches composition, yet does not experience writing. She writes poetry, yet does not teach it. I would imagine this is widely the case all throughout academia; a vast majority of composition teachers are also creative writers, and their teaching techniques in the classroom may very often stifle not only their students creativit...
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