Writing By Children and Youth Ap/HUMA 3697 3.0
This third year seminar course focuses on writing by young people. In contrast to “children’s literature”, which is most often written by adults for children, the course focuses on writing as a creative and expressive practice, and young people as writers. We study several kinds of writing: exceptional cases of writers who have published important texts before they were adults, creative writing submitted to literary journals and contests; poetry and songwriting; social activist texts; and the enormous volume of online “writing,” including blogging, videos, fan fiction, and interactive games. We consider obstacles accessing writing by children and youth, the role of internet platforms, questions of “authenticity”, and the crucial relationship between theory and practice. Students develop rigorous skills of textual analysis in concert with their own practices as creative and expressive writers.
For their major research project students work in small groups to create wiki databases of online sites of production and reception of writing by young people.