Abstract / Synopsis
Mathematics can inform creative writing by suggesting structures for it to follow, as well as by providing the imaginative impetus for common rules to be broken. In a workshop co-taught by the author, a class of sixth-grade students explored this interplay as they produced fractal-inspired poetry and geometry-inspired fiction. This article describes the form and results of the workshop in the context of a broader discussion of the influence of mathematics upon literature.
Clader, E. "What If?: Mathematics, Creative Writing, and Play," Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 6 Issue 1 (January 2016), pages 211-219. DOI: 10.5642/jhummath.201601.13 . Available at: http://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol6/iss1/13