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Creative Writing

In this day-long generative workshop, participants will examine texts that interact with the creative process in a variety of ways, as models and prompts for our own narratives written in a time of crisis. What happens to our work when we have to place it within a larger context? What kinds of actions might be foregrounded, complicated, or transformed? How do we write something new?

Course description

The workshop will be divided into two sections; firstly, we will address the current climate of global pandemic and ask the following questions. How do we focus on our own writing, where there are countless (and simultaneous) areas of grief and uncertainty to pay attention to? Can academic and/or creative writing speak to job loss, loss of future hopes, loss of everyday routines, loss of people in our lives? What if we simply cannot write at the present time – how do we cope with the “loss” of ourselves as writers? We will look at contemporary poets, essayists and fiction writers who have faced this issue and managed to create work that reflects our present moment.

The second section will focus on how creative writing can be both therapeutic and complimentary with academic work. Participants will learn contemplative practices that invite curiosity and prompt new directions for their ongoing research. Part of writing creatively is to be aware of a space that is equally open to possibility and failure; in our explorations, we will see that "failure" can also be innovative. We will take chances with form that may bring surprise and insight and build a space for writing in which original compositions are able to appear. At the end of the session, participants will have produced a short creative manuscript that answers the questions posted earlier: deepening our awareness of where we are, and who we are, in the midst of great change.

All disciplines are welcome, since one objective of this writing workshop is to see how genres can merge and perform alongside one another.


New dates will be announced in September!

Target Audience

This workshop will be of interest to current PhD researchers who not only wish to investigate the correlation[s] between creative and critical writing, but also want to learn strategies to combat concerns such as writers’ block. 


Jane Lewty is the author of several collections of poetry: ​Bravura Cool (​1913 Press: 2013), winner of the 1913 First Book Prize in 2011, and ​In One Form To Find Another​ (Cleveland State University Press: 2017) winner of the 2016 CSU Open Book Prize. Her latest work is a chapbook titled Pretty Things (The Magnificent Field, 2020). She has also co-edited two volumes of essays: ​Broadcasting Modernism​ (University Press of Florida, 2010) and Pornotopias: Image, Desire, Apocalypse​ (Litteraria Pragensia, 2009). She has held faculty positions at universities in the UK, USA and The Netherlands; at present, she teaches History of Art at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and creative writing at Amsterdam University College.