Creative Writing in the World – 12th June, 2015

A one-day conference at York St John University.

Over the past 30 years, the growth of Creative Writing as a distinct academic discipline has been one of the great success stories of UK higher education. York St John University is pleased to host ‘Creative Writing in the World’, a one-day conference, bringing together scholars, teachers, and practitioners in order to consider the wider impact and future of that development.

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Registration

Registration for the entire day, including tea and coffee, lunch, and wine reception, is £25. Please click here to book. Current YSJ students can book here at a reduced rate.

Further information about travelling to York St John, wi-fi usage, etc. is available here. All enquiries can be sent to centreforwriting@yorksj.ac.ukYSJCW normal logo - optima

Programme

9.00 – 9.30           Registration                          De Grey Foyer

9.30 – 9.45           Welcome                                De Grey Lecture Theatre (DG/017)

9.45 – 11.15         Panels                                     

Teaching and Writing  (DG/016)

  • Megan Hayes and Sophie Nicholls (Teesside), ‘Creative Writing Lab: Developing models for creative writing in the world’
  • Geoff Mills (Birmingham), ‘Employability and the Rise of a New Discipline’
  • Paul Munden (Canberra) and Anne Caldwell (Bolton), ‘Professional Development for Writers: The small print’

Locating Writing  (DG/017)

  • Mary Aherne (Hull), ‘A Sense of Place’
  • Heather Richardson (Open University), ‘Site-specific Creative Writing: engaging communities through their own history’
  • Ursula Hurley (Salford), ‘Writing Lives: Community Spaces for Co-Constructed Narratives’

11.15 – 11.30     Break                                         De Grey Foyer

11.30 – 13.00     Panels                                        

Writing and the Natural World  (DG/016)

  • Camilla Bostock (Sussex), ‘Creative Writing and Bats’
  • Miles Salter (Leeds Trinity), ‘Writing At the End of the World’
  • Jeanette Burton (Nottingham Trent), ‘Ecopoetry: A creative and critical exploration. An ecofeminist reading of contemporary female poets and their relationship with the landscape’

Writing Interventions  (DG/017)

  • Janet Dean (York St John), ‘The Creative Coach: How Creative Writers Can Bring Out the Best in Business’
  • Kevan Manwaring (Leicester), ‘Creative Freedom and Social Responsibility’
  • Rob O’Connor (York St John), ‘“Write what you know or write what you imagine?” Creative writing as a tool for contemporary social commentary’

13.00 – 14.00     Lunch                                         De Grey Foyer

14.00 – 15.30     Panels                                        

Writing and Responsibility  (DG/016)

  • Victoria Dawson (Southampton), ‘The Shame and the Glory: Negotiating Memoir to Write War Right’
  • Laura Joyce (Edinburgh Napier), ‘Writing Violence: JonBenet Ramsey and the Legal, Moral and Aesthetic Implications of Creative Non-Fiction’
  • Jane Alexander (Northumbria), ‘Success Stories: Creative Writing in the Community’

Global Writing  (DG/017)

  • Harry Whitehead (Leicester), ‘The Programmatic Era? Creative Writing Goes Global’
  • Sindi Gordon (Sussex), ‘Creative Writing a Space for Radical Change’
  • Helen Dixon (Sussex), ‘The role of creative writing in building feminist social change in Nicaragua’

15.30 – 16.00     Break                                         De Grey Foyer

16.00 – 17.30     Plenary Panel                          De Grey Lecture Theatre (DG/017)

A roundtable discussion of conference themes with the following academics, practitioners, and writing professionals:

  • Philip Gross (Glamorgan, poet and novelist)
  • Vicky Blunden (Myriad Editions)
  • Sarah Hesketh (Open University, poet)
  • Claire Malcolm (New Writing North)

17.30 – 19.00     Reception                                 De Grey Foyer

19.00                   Dinner

For dinner, we will be booking space at the Yak & Yeti Gurkha Restaurant in York. Please let us know if you’ll be joining us!

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