Volume 2 (February 2016)
Editors: Kathy Flann, Dr Holly Howitt-Dring, Keith Jebb, Dr Kate North
This second issue of Writing in Practice is as international in flavour as we could have hoped. Five of the peer-reviewed articles in this issue are by authors living and working in Australia, and of the five authors based in the UK, one is Canadian-Welsh and another Nigerian-German. One of our Editors (Kathy Flann) is in the United States, and Dr Paul Munden, the executive editor of all NAWE publications, is in Australia. Our commissioned guest article is by Professor Graham Mort, who has worked extensively in Africa, and lives both in the UK and in the borderless country of the imagination.
The international flavour of the articles demonstrates a broad range of possible approaches to Creative Writing, both within and across international date-lines. We hope that the next issue of Writing in Practice will include even more articles about practice and process, and remind you that creative writing itself is welcome when integral to an article.
We were very fortunate to have four astute Issue Editors who each brought their own experience as writers and academics to the editing process:
Kathy Flann is an associate professor at Goucher College in Maryland and the author of two collections of short stories, the latest of which, Get a Grip (Texas Review Press), was named a top book of 2015 by Baltimore Magazine and Baltimore City Paper
Dr Holly Howitt-Dring is a novelist and poet who is Course Leader of the MA in Creative Writing at University of Portsmouth. Her latest novel, Beyond the Moon, is forthcoming.
Keith Jebb is a poet and critic. He is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Bedfordshire.
Kate North is a novelist and poet. She is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Her latest book is Bistro (Cinnamon Press).
The Invited Article
Professor Graham Mort’s commissioned essay is like opening the gate into the secret garden of a writer’s mind and takes an entirely fresh approach to the writer describing their creative process. Come in and smell the flowers.
A peer reviewed journal is only ever as good as its reviewers, and we are very grateful to the peer reviewers who read with insight and commented in detail on the submitted essays.
The Next Issue
We hope that all the essays in Volume 2 will stimulate your own 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 2016. We will be particularly hoping to show-case articles which are extracted from Creative Writing PhD theses, which are often at the cutting-edge of writing about process and practice within an academic context. Creative writing itself is welcome when integral to an article.
Dr Maggie Butt, Principal Editor, Writing in Practice; poet and novelist, Middlesex University, England.