Teaching Creative Writing Colloquium

Teaching Creative Writing is the first conference focused exclusively on teaching Creative Writing in South Africa. Hosted by Rhodes University's MA programme in Creative Writing, the two day event (September1-2, 2014) promises to offer new insights into a burgeoning field of study.

 Featuring discussions, readings, presentations and papers, the colloquium connects international and local teachers and writers to discuss issues of pedagogy, craft and criticism, the critical-creative divide, the challenges and pleasures of teaching writing in the academy, and many other issues.

 Arising out of an ongoing quest for innovation in teaching and research, Teaching Creative Writing will focus on invigorating the discipline of creative writing in South Africa and beyond. Noy Holland (UMass Amherst, USA) will speak on keeping one's own work and creative impulses vital in the midst of a big university. Holland’s collections of short fiction and novellas include Swim for the Little One First (FC2), What Begins with Bird (FC2), and The Spectacle of the Body (Knopf.)

 Mellon Writer in Residence Denis Hirson (École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France) will address what he describes as “the purposeful vulnerability of the teacher,” while Jean McNeil (University of East Anglia, UK) engages with the tension and intersections of criticality and creativity. Paul Munden (National Association of Writers in Education, UK) will present findings of a survey on Creative Writing programmes in the UK as well as conduct a similar survey of South African programmes. 

 Papers by writers and teachers from University of Pretoria, University of the Witwatersrand, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of the Western Cape (UWC) and Rhodes University, as well as independent writing teachers will directly address questions around the diverse and emerging discipline in the South African context. Topics range from investigations into teaching methods and the practice of creative disciplines in an academic environment, to studies in informal and community-based writing schools and spaces.

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