L’acadjoune and Singlish Walk into... a Bar... a Joke... a WRITING WORKSHOP: Code-Switching, Transnational Language and Other Diasporic Lessons from Routledge’s New Anthology Teaching Creative Writing in Asia - An interactive book talk by Professor Darryl Whetter, (Université Sainte-Anne), hosted by the Observatoire Nord/Sud and the Bureau de la recherche.
Darryl Whetter is the author of four books of fiction and two poetry collections, including the 2020 climate-crisis novel Our Sands. After working as a writing professor at various universities in his native Canada, he was the inaugural director of the first full Creative Writing master’s program in Singapore.
TEACHING CREATIVE WRITING IN ASIA - This book examines the dynamic landscape of creative educations in Asia, exploring the intersection of post-coloniality, translation, and creative educations in one of the world’s most relevant testing grounds for STEM versus STEAM educational debates.
Several essays attend to one of today’s most pressing issues in Creative Writing education, and education generally: the convergence of the former educational revolution of Creative Writing in the anglophone world with a defining aspect of the 21st-century—the shift from monolingual to multilingual writers and learners. The essays look at examples from across Asia with specific experience from India, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Taiwan.
Each of the 14 writer-professor contributors has taught Creative Writing substantially in Asia, often creating and directing the first university Creative Writing programs there. This book will be of interest to anyone following global trends within creative writing and those with an interest in education and multilingualism in Asia.