Fundamentals of Creative Writing for Japanese University Students

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Suzanne Kamata, University of Tokushima; Dierk Guenther, University of Tokushima

In this paper we offer ideas to teachers interested in teaching creative writing to Japanese university students. We describe the planning and execution of such a course as extra-curricular classes and as regular, credit-carrying university classes. Also included are the guidelines and procedures necessary for running these classes and the importance of guiding students to become self-reflective reviewers, who are capable of analyzing and improving their own written pieces.