Jordan (Pailthorpe) and I immediately clicked on the idea of creating a course that made room for the exploration of what it means to move beyond the norms of poetry, and how that could connect with moving beyond the norms of who we are (or suppose to be) as people.
Hence the title of the course: Being A Linebreaker.
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We are playing on what poetry is and what it could be, thus playing with who we are and who we could be as poets.
We also want to foster a space where students are truly working with each other, workshop style, to explore their own ideas.Currently, we are running a program called PATHWAYS, which builds upon emerson WRITES and works with students over three years to build creative/academic skills and awareness of how to make their dreams of going to college a reality. The courses are taught by graduate students in the MFA and MA programs at Emerson.Each year, teachers are hired and paired up to team-teach courses, which are all genre-based.I worked on this project with a team of people from the Enrollment Office and from the First Year Writing Program/ Writing Literature and Publishing Department, and we hired 13 graduate student teachers to teach the classes for that first year; we had a great start, and the program has been growing ever since. The program continues to grow in its reach, mission, and understanding of our students and their needs.We've worked to solidify our curriculum goals and put in place some core practices for keeping students interested and building upon what they're learning so they can really get a sense of accomplishment during the time they're in the program.Emerson puts the adjective “creative” in an active voice in their cutting-edge program for high school students, emerson WRITES.In this outreach program, they are presenting courses in creative writing to students who love to write and would like a taste of what college courses are like. If you know a student who might be interested in this program, have them read these interviews with the program Director, Mary Kovaleski Byrnes and with two of the instructors, Johnette Ellis and Jordan Pailthorpe. emerson WRITES ran our pilot program/ first semester in the fall of 2010.Boston is a wonderful city with 80 colleges and universities within the city limits alone, and often these universities do not feel accessible to our city's own young people.We wanted to run a program on the campus that invited students to learn creative writing, become part of a writing community that was similar to what you might have in a college classroom, and also offer assistance and support in how to get to college (not just Emerson, but any college).We've seen students come back year after year to take different classes, which is really encouraging.And we've also started publishing revised student work in an annual anthology that's professionally printed and looks beautiful. I could not be more impressed with the way our teachers create trusting communities where students are able to write at this high level.