Rodney Wilhite

Rodney Wilhite

Literature
Northwest Region
Fayetteville, Arkansas
479-575-4302 479-249-7265
[email protected]
www.rodneywilhite.com


Language is Art is a four-day creative writing curriculum in which students discuss the basics of good poetry writing and try to learn from these techniques, making the students not only better writers, but also better readers of literature. The secondary goal of the curriculum is to give students tools by which they can better understand and relate to literature that seems difficult or challenging to them. The topics included will be 1) making better word choices by understanding the connotative power of language, 2) how poets use metaphor as a way of creating interesting and surprising associations between a tenor and vehicle, and 3) how poetry works by compression of language and by using fewer words to express more complex ideas. There will be no formal examinations or testing to assess the effectiveness of the workshops on the students writing, but there will be informal discussion in class regarding which poetic choices are strongest and why, giving the students a vocabulary by which to assess the effectiveness of their own future writing. After the session concludes, the students will be provided with a literary anthology in pdf format of their best work from the in-class writing exercises.

Background

I have a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida and an MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry Emphasis from the University of Arkansas, where I participated in the Arkansas Writers in the Schools program (WITS). I have taught Creative Writing and Creative Nonfiction Essay Writing courses at the Univeristy of Arkansas, and I currently teach Composition and Poetry Workshop at the Univerisity of Arkansas Fort Smith. In addition I have taught a playwrighting curriculum, WordPlay, with TheatreSquared, and have volunteered to teach poetry classes at the Washington County Juvenile Detention Center and Fayetteville Senior Activity Center. My work has appeared in or is forthcoming in several literary journals, among them Splash of Red, Cartographer, The Puritan, and Pleaides.

AIE Program

Preferred Age Level: all ages
Geographic Availability: statewide
Time Availability: open
Special Needs: