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Teaching the Works of Eudora WeltyTwenty-First-Century Approaches$
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Mae Miller Claxton and Julia Eichelberger

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496814531

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496814531.001.0001

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“A Worn Path” in the Creative Writing Classroom

“A Worn Path” in the Creative Writing Classroom

Writing, Attention, and the Ecological Thought

(p.188) “A Worn Path” in the Creative Writing Classroom
Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty

Amy Weldon

University Press of Mississippi

Drawing on ecocriticism and creative writing pedagogy, the essay argues that teaching creative writing students how to observe the world around them can build a vocabulary of mental images and sensory experiences on which they can draw to enrich their writing. Welty’s story “A Worn Path” and specific in-class exercises, which the essay describes, show students how close observation of the natural world can sharpen a story’s use of character and place and draw students into a closer relationship with their environment.

Keywords:   Teaching exercises, Ecocriticism, Creative Writing, Pedagogy, Environment

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