Serpentine Stories

Narelle Wood, Monash University: wood.narelle@gmail.com

The idea for the Serpentine Stories workshop came from my research as a PhD student, where I found myself in a number of different English classes, witnessing snippets of student writing all based on different texts. Previously, whenever I had used text to prompt student creative writing, I had generally used the set text and had placed the creative task quite close to the end of the study to maximise the chances of students knowing the text really well. But I still found many students struggled with the concept of using the text to develop a creative response; there were often lots of diaries and additional scenes many of which struggled to demonstrate an understanding of the text, characters and writing, in anything other than a cursory-surface-level way. And this was in spite of the large amount of workshopping, tools, editing and strategies the students were provided.

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