Anna Leahy directs the MFA in Creative Writing program at Chapman University, where she curates the Tabula Poetica reading series and edits TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics. Anna is available to teach workshops and visit classes elsewhere too.
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Anna is one of the world’s leading experts on creative writing pedagogy. Her book Power and Identity in the Creative Writing Classroom launched the New Writing Viewpoints series, and What We Talk about When We Talk about Creative Writing celebrates the series’ 10th anniversary.
She contributed chapters to many books about teaching and the profession.
- “‘It’s Such a Good Feeling’: Self-Esteem, the Growth Mindset, and Creative Writing” in Can Creative Writing Really Be Taught?
- “Concentration, Form, and Ways of Seeing” (with Douglas Dechow in Creative Writing in the Digital Age
- “Theories of Creativity and Creative Writing Pedagogy” (with with Mary Cantrell and Mary Swander) in The Handbook of Creative Writing
- “Undergraduate Creative Writing in the United States: Buying In Isn’t Selling Out” in Teaching Creative Writing
- “Teaching as a Creative Act: Why the Workshop Works in Creative Writing” in Does the Writing Workshop Still Work?
- “Wendy Bishop’s Legacy: A Tradition of Mentoring, a Call to Conversation” in Stories of Mentoring: Theory and Praxis
- “Creativity, Caring and the Easy A” in Can It Really Be Taught?
Anna’s articles about pedagogy and the profession also appear in places like The Huffington Post, Fiction Writers Review, Mid-American Review, and Inside Higher Ed.