Pow! Graphic Literature to Engage Students in the Creative Writing Workshop (Roundtable)


Creative Writing, Editing and Publishing

Maureen McVeigh (West Chester University of Pennsylvania)

An ideal creative writing workshop might include a few students, all dedicated readers and writers, but the proliferation of creative writing courses has meant large classes, with some students who only need a writing credit, do not read often, and feel overwhelmed by the terminology, genres, and process. Graphic literature provides students with compositional options that may not occur with traditional texts and allows them to use analytical skills they do have to read and write short stories. This roundtable seeks to present and discuss both recommended texts and strategies to engage students and encourage their creative writing. Theoretical and practical approaches to this method are welcome.


Students in creative writing workshops often lack reading experience and knowledge, but demonstrate awareness and analysis of film and television. Graphic literature can be used to transition from the terminology and rhetorical understanding they possess to the writing and feedback skills the workshop demands. This roundtable seeks to present and discuss both recommended texts and strategies to engage students and encourage their creative writing. Theoretical and practical approaches to this method are welcome.