Students as fan, or Reinvention and repurposing in first-year writing classrooms

  • Keshia Mcclantoc University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Keywords: Beta reading, College writing, Pedagogy


I performed a study of two first-year writing classrooms and their interactions that used a fan fiction–based pedagogy. Rather than using fan fiction as class texts, this pedagogy used the fan fiction practices of reinventing and repurposing to help students better understand themselves and their community. This was done to position the students as fans themselves. Students were challenged to act as a fan would as they moved through myriad overlapping fan fiction and composition studies practices. I include descriptions of major assignments, examples of student writing, and reflections on both the successes and struggles within this classroom.