Carrie Meadows teaches courses in professional writing, creative writing and composition. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech's MFA Program and the University of New Mexico's MA Program in English, and she has worked as a professional copywriter, a proposal writer for a U.S. Department of State contractor, and a grant writer for public schools. Her poetry, fiction, and hypertext works have appeared in North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Mid-American Review, and other publications.
Research and Creative Interests: I am currently working on a booklength poetry project focused on visionary folk artists of the American South. Research often guides my writing, whether I am working in poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction.
Teaching Interests: I teach creative writing, professional writing and design, the English Department's internship workshop, and firstyear composition.
Teaching Approach: For creative writing, I combine reading discussions with writing exercises so students can learn from traditional and contemporary masters but also put those lessons into practice in their own writing. I try to incorporate a wide range of voices in the readings I assign, and I encourage students to explore their own interests, cultural backgrounds and experiences while also challenging them to find inspiration in cultures and experiences unlike their own. Ultimately, I want students to leave my classes as better writers, better readers and better critics than when the semester started.
In my professional writing classes, I focus heavily on the convergence of text and image and give mini lectures followed by handson practice sessions. Students complete a series of projects rather than taking tests to demonstrate their mastery of course topics. I often develop university or community projects to give students practical, handson experience as professional writers.
What do you expect of students? I want students to be active in class, whether actively thinking, quietly taking notes, sharing ideas in small groups, or joining in large class discussions. Every student is different, so there's no one way to accomplish this; still, the student's desire to be there, in class and thinking, is what I’m after.
Outside of being a professor, what do you do for fun and/or relaxation? I enjoy riding my bike, camping, hiking and chasing my kids.