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Volume 3 (March 2017)

Editors: Helena Blakemore, Craig Batty, Shelagh Weeks

Introduction

Creative writing is innately interdisciplinary. This is among its greatest academic strengths, something we should not hesitate to shout about. This third issue of Writing in Practice showcases creative writing engaging with numerous other disciplines and fields of inquiry. Three essays deal with creative writing, health and well-being, from autism (North) to acupuncture (Sempert), and writing to “flourish” (Hayes). Another three consider memoir and biographical fiction, via ethics (Dawson), primary sources research (Meekings), and “raising the voices of the dead” (Padmore). Three works consider creative writing and academic identity in various guises: Pople brings systems theories of creativity to bear on non-Native English speakers in the creative writing classroom; Dymoke and Spiro look at “academic-poets” and “poet-academics”; Nicholes compares how much students “own” their creative versus their academic writing. Essays on genre and linguistics (Grimmer), gender and screenwriting (Baker), “remediation” and arts practice (Webb and Munden), using ballads in children’s writing (Cullen), and bilingual writing (Coquaz) complete a wide-ranging and fascinating array of subjects.

Arts and humanities subjects are increasingly viewed by policy-makers as luxuries in higher education. They are not. In fact, they remain critical in understanding our complex environment. Creative writing is peculiarly able to make sense of such complexity. It sniffs out connections. It tackles the greatest subjects, seeking always to make them intelligible. It sees the biggest pictures in the smallest details. It does so by speaking through and to our emotions, recognizing their intellectual validity. That is surely worth defending.

Writing in Practice is one of few peer-reviewed creative writing journals in the world. Read it, submit to it, join us as a peer reviewer, be critical (but let us know your criticisms), tell others of its existence. Help NAWE to continue to help the subject flourish.

The Editors

Our three Issue Editors offered exemplary critical rigour, hard work and enthusiasm throughout. My deepest gratitude to:

Dr Helena Blakemore, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for BA Creative & Professional Writing at the University of East London, England. She sits on NAWE’s Higher Education Committee.

Dr Craig Batty, Associate Professor in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, Australia. His areas of expertise are screenwriting, creative practice research and doctoral education.

Dr Shelagh Weeks, short story writer, novelist, and Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University. Her latest novel, Up Close, and her interconnected short story collection, Washing the Dead are published by Cinnamon Press.

Peer Reviewers

Thank you to all our peer reviewers for their excellent support of the journal, for the quality of their analysis, and for the positive manner in which they offered their judgement and suggestions for improvement. We are always looking for more high quality reviewers. If you are interested, please be in touch with NAWE, detailing your current position, experience and the forms and subjects you would be willing to review.

The Next Issue

We hope that all the essays in Issue 3 will stimulate your thinking, writing and teaching, and that you will be encouraged to submit a contribution about your own writing to the next issue, with a submission deadline in June 2017. In Issue 3, we have been delighted to showcase a number of articles drawn from Creative Writing PhD theses, which are often at the cutting-edge of writing about process and practice within an academic context. We continue to welcome high-quality submissions of this kind, as well as from the broader field of studies. Creative writing itself is welcome when integral to an article.

Dr Harry Whitehead, Principal Editor, Writing in Practice; novelist and Associate Professor, School of Arts, University of Leicester, England.

 

Writing in Practice is an open access, online journal, with individual articles displayed as separate pages. Click on the image or text link above to access the full contents list and articles.

It is planned that PDF versions of each issue will be available exclusively for NAWE members to download. 

Promotional Poster

To promote the journal to colleagues and students, please download the PDF poster below, which gives details of Volume 3 and a Call for Submissions to Volume 4.