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AI in the Creative Writing Classroom

A conversation on teaching writing in a ChatGPT world.

How do we teach creative writing in a ChatGPT world? On August 15, 2023, Teachers & Writers Magazine hosted a discussion about the ethical and creative implications of AI language generators in the classroom. This panel of teaching writers discuss different perspectives and experiences with AI and explore possible ways forward as creative writing educators. You can watch this discussion below or at our YouTube channel.

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For anyone who is interested in delving into this conversation further, a few of our panelists shared some sources that aided their thinking on the topic. You can find these resources below:

From Matthew Burgess 

From India Choquette

This reading list on voice/politics of language is taken in part from Professor Melissa Watson, Director of First Year Composition at the City College of New York. Her contributions are noted with an asterisk*.

From Abriana Jetté 

Read India Choquette and Abriana Jetté’s essays on AI in the classroom in the magazine:

English 110 Versus ChatGPT: Finding a Middle Ground with AI Usage in the Composition Classroom” by India Choquette

Alternative Strategies for Artificial Intelligence in the Writing Classroom: An Educator Asks ChatGPT How to Use the Online Chatbot in Writing Classrooms” by Abriana Jetté

Matthew Burgess is an Associate Professor at Brooklyn College. He is the author of eight children's books, most recently The Red Tin Box (Chronicle) and Sylvester’s Letter (ELB). Matthew has edited an anthology of visual art and writing titled Dream Closet: Meditations on Childhood Space (Secretary Press), as well as a collection of essays titled Spellbound: The Art of Teaching Poetry (T&W). More books are forthcoming, including: As Edward Imagined: A Story of Edward Gorey (Knopf, 2024), Words With Wings & Magic Things (Tundra, 2025), and Fireworks (Harper Collins, 2024). A poet-in-residence in New York City public schools since 2001, Matthew serves as a contributing editor of Teachers & Writers Magazine.

India Choquette

India Choquette (she/her) is an adjunct instructor at the City College of New York where she is a graduate student in the Creative Writing MFA program. In 2023, she was awarded the “Teacher-Writer Award” by the English Department, and she has been an editor at Promethean, the college’s literary journal, since 2021. Outside of CCNY, she is a mentor with Girls Write Now, a NYC-based nonprofit that uplifts the voices of young writers. She was a Katharine Bakeless Nason Scholar at the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers Conference, and her fiction has been published in Foglifter Journal. She lives with her spouse and two cats in a plant-filled apartment.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Abriana Jetté is a poet, essayist, editor, and educator. Her writing has been featured in Best New Poets, Poetry New Zealand, River Teeth, The Moth, Plume, and other places. She teaches various writing courses for Kean University, where she also leads the Common Read program.

Darius Phelps

Darius Phelps is a doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is an adjunct professor at Hunter College, Teachers College, and Assistant Manager at Brooklyn Poets. An educator, poet, spoken word artist, and activist, Darius writes poems about grief, liberation, emancipation, reflection through the lens of a teacher of color and experiencing Black boy joy. His poems have appeared in the NY English Record, NCTE English Journal, Pearl Press Magazine, ëëN Magazine, and many more. Recently, he was featured on WCBS and highlighted the importance of Black male educators in the classroom.