For Schools and Teachers
In addition to the resources provided on this page, Tabor's qualified creative writing lecturers are available to visit your school for half or full-day writing workshops. Alternatively, you can bring students to our Goodwood campus to participate in workshop sessions. Workshop topics include:
- Writing short stories
- Life writing
- Writing Poetry
- Creativity and Christian Faith
- Fantasy, Sci-Fi and the Christian Tradition
- The Literature of Shakespeare
Contact the Program Coordinator to discuss your needs.
Teachers are encouraged to make use of the resources provided on this page. Feel free to reproduce any of the information provided here, with due acknowledgement (e.g. reference information by including the URL to this resource site).
We are able to provide Professional Development sessions for middle-school and secondary English teachers on any of the topics listed above, with a particular emphasis on pedagogy and instruction. Please contact the Program Coordinator to discuss your needs.
Specialist English teachers may also like to consider casual or formal study in one of our fully accredited academic programs (such as Grad Dip Arts or Master of Creative Writing). Why might a teacher of English wish to undertake study in Creative Writing?
1. Heightened awareness of the importance of imaginative writing to self-understanding, as well as social and cultural formation and renewal
2. Advanced ability to explain, appraise and appreciate poetry and fiction according to personal, cultural and aesthetic (literary) criteria
3. Practical (as well as theoretical) understanding of the principles of creative composition, including narrative, plot, character, dialogue, point of view, voice, tense and theme, across a range of genres including children’s and YA literature
4. Ability to think creatively and to generate ideas and inspiration for writing tasks in a variety of ways
5. Practiced ability to draft and redraft writing, and to provide and respond to constructive critical feedback
6. Practical mastery of the conventions of written expression including descriptive writing (e.g. use of simile, metaphor and other imagery), structure and layout, spelling, grammar and punctuation, especially relating to creative writing texts
By studying Creative Writing you'll learn about English literature ‘from the inside out’, so to speak. As well as gaining considerable personal enrichment through the reflective and reflexive process of writing their own stories and poetry, students stand to gain a deep appreciation for both how and why writers do what they do, as well as the various sub-structures and language choices at work in effective creative composition (poetry and prose).
Studying Creative Writing also introduces you to a wide range of authors, styles and genres, both classic and contemporary. Historical continuity and contemporary trends in English literature, and the relationship of literature to culture, are key focal points in all Creative Writing subjects taught at Tabor College.