Oct 23 2019

Ryan Croken: “Walking and Writing: Incorporating Movement into Composition Pedagogy”

TeachWrite Series (FYWP)

October 23, 2019

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM


2028 UH


Chicago, IL 60612

In "Notes Towards a Supreme Fiction," Wallace Stevens writes "perhaps / the truth depends on a walk around the lake / a composing as the body tires."

Friedrich Nietzsche writes that "all truly great thoughts are conceived while walking." Many other writers throughout history have praised the vitalizing effects of walking, and there is a growing body of empirical research to demonstrate how incorporating movement into classrooms fosters original thinking. This being the case, how can we best utilize the creative energies of kinesthetic learning here in the FYWP at UIC?

Relatedly, how can we conceptualize the writing process as something that takes place not only in front of a laptop, but also expands into longer moments of our waking and dreaming lives? All are welcome to share their ideas and personal experiences regarding such issues. As a bonus, perhaps we can begin to compile a resource guide pertaining to strategies and techniques for movement-involved composition pedagogy." (With Ryan Croken.)


Mark Bennett

Date posted

Sep 27, 2019

Date updated

Sep 27, 2019