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.



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.

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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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