The Adult Creative Writer

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November 2012



What are the textures and structures of the creative writing moment" For this study, Jack Harrell asked nine adult creative writers to describe the phenomena of their subjective creative writing experiences. His purpose was to understand the meaning and essence of these experiences in the context of the writers" mental and material writing realms. The participants, both male and female, were published writers of poetry, fiction, drama, or creative non-fiction. The study illustrates the need for solitary work, trust, risk, and failure in creative writing. Shaped by the "underpaint" of the writing environment and the writer"s history, and fed by accumulated life experiences, the creative writing realm is a place of mystery and reason where the writer attains a heightened sense of meaning. The study substantiates tenets of adult learning the value of formal education early in the learning process, the value of life experience, and the deep significance of learner autonomy. The study"s findings deepen the claims of flow theory, show the detrimental effects of extrinsic rewards on creativity, and examine the need for psychological safety in the creative writing experience.


Jack Harrell has taught writing and literature at Brigham Young University-Idaho since 1995. He holds an M.A. in English from Illinois State University, and a PhD in Education from the University of Idaho. He has published a novel, Vernal Promises, and a number of short stories and essays.
EAN: 9783639036091
ISBN: 3639036093
Untertitel: A Phenomenological Study. Paperback. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller e.K.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2012
Seitenanzahl: 164 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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