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Writing in Practice - Vol. 2

In this issue:

“Do you need some more explanation?” Practice-led research and the novel Fishing for Naija
Olumide Popoola explores the use of Yoruba mythology in contemporary fiction, and examines queer and trans* readings and identities in these re-imaginings and expressions.
“Just because I’m not a published author does not mean that I’m not a writer”: Primary Trainee Teachers’ Identities as Creative Writers
Tom Dobson analyzes data from the Community of Writers project, exploring the impact both on trainees’ perceptions of their identities as writers and their creative writing pedagogies. Sponsor: St Mary’s Horsforth Teaching School
“Life” choices: deciding to use fiction in biographical writing
James Vicars considers what makes fictional biography a compelling choice in the practice of life writing.
A West Coast Canuck in the Land of Yankee Doodle Dandy: Bringing a Fresh Perspective to the Modern Road Novel
Tyler Keevil explores some of the conventions of the modern road novel in relation to his own novel, The Drive (2013).
Autobiographical and researched experiences with academic writing: an analytical autoethnodrama
Jess Moriarty considers the "impact" of the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and current such exercises, and the possible and real effects of neo-liberalism and the audit culture on institutional culture and individual lives.
Fictionalizing the Stories of Others: Reflections on Teaching Collaborative Life Writing and Fictionalization in the Creative Writing Classroom
Tresa LeClerc reflects on teaching a group of people seeking asylum at Melbourne Free University, the collaborative texts produced by native and non-native speakers, and the construction of fictional stories based on the lives of others.
Making Students’ Heads Throb Heartlike: David Foster Wallace’s Infinitely Healing Pedagogy
Tony McMahon explores the work of David Foster Wallace and its classroom potential, examining whether these selected novels, short stories and non-fiction writings really can make “heads throb heartlike".
Telling and Retelling the Tale: Adapting the Murder Ballad "Duncan and Brady" for the Stage as Past and Future Visions of a Folk Crime
James Martin Charlton explores some of the key decisions, techniques and discoveries made in the process of adapting a murder ballad for the stage.
The Academic Screenplay: Approaching Screenwriting as a Research Practice
Craig Batty and Alec McAulay explore the implications of writing a screenplay as part of a creative practice research degree, from the perspective of both a candidate and a supervisor.
The Supervision of a Hybrid Thesis: Bodies, Walking and Text
In an epistolary form, Quinn Eades and his PhD supervisor, Susan K. Martin, explore the ways in which identity formation of higher degree research students can be either guided or explicitly (and sometimes forcefully) developed.
The Workshop
Professor Graham Mort’s commissioned essay takes an entirely fresh approach to the writer describing their creative process.

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