Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

David Hanauer, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Sedef Smith, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Sharon K. Deckert, Ph.D.


This thesis aims to explore different types of writing experiences described by ESL students and how these experiences contributed to students' perceived abilities of writing poetry. The study was conducted in a qualitative interview based design, in which participants are formed into five groups based on their writing experiences. The main findings of this study indicate the significance and applicability of applying creative writing to ESL students. Also, according to the interviews with the participants, this study presents their perceptions toward general writing and creative writing. By exploring the perspectives from the participants, the study further investigates the values of applying creative writing associating with the types of writing experiences that the participants described. This study establishes the values of implementing creative writing in the ESL setting from different viewpoints. It also suggests the educators to regard creative writing as an applicable and useful approach to teach ESL writing.