This book focuses on creative writing both as a subject in universities and beyond academia, with chapters arranged around three organising sub-themes of practice, research and pedagogy. It explores the `creative' component of creative writing in the globalised marketplace, making the point that creative writing occurs in and around universities throughout the world. It examines the convergence of education, globalisation and economic discourses at the intersection of the university sector and creative industries, and foregrounds the competing interests at the core of creativity as it appears in the neo-liberal global discourse in which writers are enmeshed. The book offers case studies from the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia and Singapore that are indicative of the challenges faced by academics, postgraduate students and creative industry professionals around the world.
Dominique Hecq is Associate Professor in Writing at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia. Dominique is also Editor of Bukker Tillibul: The Online Journal of Practice-Led Research.
Chapter One: Graeme Harper: Creative Writing: the Ghost, the University, and the Future Chapter Two: Dominique Hecq: Banking on Creativity: my Brilliant? Career. Chapter Three: Jen Webb: Creativity and the Marketplace Chapter Four: Jeremy Fisher : The Publishing Paradigm: Commercialism versus Creativity. Chapter Five: Gerry Turcotte and Robyn Morris: `As Good as it Gets': National Research Evaluations Chapter Six: Jeff Sparrow: Creative writing, Neo-Liberalism and the Literary Paradigm Chapter Seven: Antonia Pont: Nothing is Free in this Life Chapter Eight: Phillip Edmonds: The Ghost in the Machine: Creative Writing and its Malcontents Chapter Nine: Mike Harris: Creativity, Compromise, and Waking up with the Funding Devil. Chapter Ten: Christopher Lappas: Entering the Fictitious: A play in two acts Chapter Eleven: Vahri McKenzie: Using the Spectrum to Theorise Apparent Opposition in Creative Writing Doctorates Chapter Twelve: Pavlina Radia: Outlying the Point that Tips: Bridging Academia and Business Chapter Thirteen: Thom Vernon: Selling it: Creative Writing and the Public Good Chapter Fourteen: Eric Tinsay Valles: On the Commercialisation of Creativity in the Merlion State Afterword: Kirpal Singh: Creativity, the Market and the Global Challenge