AN ALTERNATIVE METHOD OF TEACHING CREATIVE LITERARY WRITING: A CASE STUDY OF EFL LEARNERS AT INDONESIAN UNIVERSITY
This paper discusses an alternative method for teaching creative literary writing course to students of English study program at university. Following the concepts of Raimes and Seow on how to teach writing course as the fundamental theory, this paper considers several steps or activities that are chronologically planned for creative literary writing (CLW) class for English major students at university level in Indonesia. Those are a. Introducing creative literary writing as a project; b. Reading and seeking some inspiring points from certain famous works; c. Finding inspiration for potential ideas to write; d. Determining setting, characters, and characterization; e. Outlining the plot structure as well as the forms of conflict; f. Developing creative writing of short story; g. Posting the works on Facebook to have comments and appreciation from audience, h. Discussing comments for revision, i. Submitting the revised one and reflecting on the lesson learned from the process of writing; and j. Assessing literary writings. These steps are a design of the so-called alternative method for CLW instruction in the context of writing a short story. In the implementation, the method offers students to use their creativity more efficiently, to build up their confidence to write, and more importantly to develop their English competence in writing or expressing their thoughts and feelings through a work of fiction.