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Teaching Creative Writing | Tuesday 13 October 11:00 - 12:00 | Online (Microsoft Teams)

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Teaching Creative Writing - October

Tuesday 13 October 11:00 - 12:00 | Online (Microsoft Teams)

Creative writers teach in schools, universities and the community, on retreats, in theatres and in workshops. Teaching is often a key part of a writer’s career, and there are rich possibilities creative arts education across a huge range of contexts. But how do you teach creative writing? Can you? This series offers anyone considering teaching creative writing as part of their career development the opportunity to look in detail at the theory and practice of creative writing pedagogy in a variety of institutional and community settings.

The series will address the historical principles and contemporary critiques of creative writing pedagogy, and how these are responding to wider institutional and societal developments. It will consider in detail the theory and practice of employing these pedagogical skills both within and outside higher education. Attendees will be invited to reflect on future possibilities and challenges for the development of creative writing teaching, enabling a deeper awareness and knowledge of creative writing as a subject of study, a future career, and a creative practice.

Students are not expected to attend all the sessions, but the series has been designed to allow for an arc of learning from theoretical principles to practical engagement.

The sessions will take place online via Microsoft Teams, once a month for the 2020/21 academic year.

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Creative writing pedagogy: past, present and future

Andrew Cowan

The author of ‘The Art of Creative Writing’ and former Director of UEA’s Creative Writing programme presents an overview of the emergence of creative writing as a taught discipline on both side of the Atlantic, and what the key pedagogical issues are in higher education today at the undergraduate, postgraduate and postgraduate research levels. He will also look to the future, and how the institutional landscape is changing in relation to developments in higher education and the publishing industry more widely.

Andrew Cowan is a graduate of UEA with a BA in English and American Studies and an MA in Creative Writing. Before joining the faculty in 2004 he was twice a Royal Literary Fund writing fellow at UEA, working with students on their expository and creative writing skills. He was a longstanding tutor in Creative Writing for the Arvon Foundation and is the author of six novels, which have been published in 12 languages. His Creative Writing guidebook, ‘The Art of Writing Fiction’, was published by Pearson Longman in 2011. He is currently writing a monograph for Routledge, ‘Against Creative Writing’.

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The training is open to:

• CHASE funded and associate students,

• Arts and Humanities PhD students at CHASE member institutions,

• and students and members of staff at CHASE partner institutions

• Arts and Hum PhD students (via the AHRC mailing list)

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