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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

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

Amy Weldon

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496814531.003.0026

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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