Aaron Colton
Senior Lecturer of Thompson Writing Program

Aaron Colton is a scholar and teacher interested in the act of writing broadly conceived: how writers write, how best to teach writing, and what to make of the many representations of writers in literary fiction. Through these interests, his work brings together the fields of writing studies, writing center studies, and literary studies. His past and forthcoming publications have investigated narratives of creative blockage, sincerity and authenticity in fiction and writing pedagogy, and undergraduate students' impressions of writing centers' user demographics.

His current book project, Writing Through Writer’s Block: Lessons from American Fiction, examines a seldom considered but central archetype in twentieth- and twenty-first-century American fiction, the blocked writer. It argues that interpreting fictional narratives about creative blockage using the lens of writing studies yields substantial insights into how writers might transform external constraints into compositional material. Moreover, through such readings, the book demonstrates how fictions about writer’s block offer valuable pedagogical resources.

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