2008 Call for Papers

Postgraduate Creative Writing – Is it still a Paradox?

2008 Postgraduate Creative Writing Conference at the University of Beds

* Sat 10th May 2008
* 10am to 4.30pm
* University of Bedfordshire, Park Square, Luton LU1 3JU

The conference will be largely directed and performed by postgraduates for postgraduates, and principally those who are producing works of literature (i.e. a novel, playscript, short stories, or poetry etc.) as part of their studies.

It will address questions, such as:-

* How does the goal of producing such work for the primary purpose of an academic qualification reshape the creative process?
* Does it encourage work that is perilously insular, being distorted by the expectations of a dissertation and the unnatural theatre of a viva?
* Can the rigour of the research and supervisory process enrich a work with a depth of structural integrity and aesthetic excellence – and, conceivably, marketability – that is obtainable by few other means?

Papers from postgraduates will be welcomed that touch, not necessarily on these issues alone, but upon any aspect of the experience of creative writing in academia. For example, delegates may present papers relating to their own creative work, and also showcase it. Submissions will be peer-reviewed and selected papers will be considered for publication in the proceedings of the conference.

Contributions are invited in the form of papers of 20-40 minutes max., to be followed by an additional 10 minutes of questions and discussion. There will also be opportunities for a limited number of poster presentations. These are sessions where presenters can explain their projects informally to fellow delegates, short of presenting a finished paper for publication. Poster sessions should be a maximum of 30 minutes followed by 10 minutes discussion.

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words in length and should indicate whether they are intended for paper or poster presentation. Please include name, contact address (preferably e-mail), and university affiliation, along with the title or topic, and any audio-visual requirements. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is Mon 31st March 2008. E-mailed attachments should be in Microsoft Word format. A brief 100-word max. biography should also be included for the conference programme.

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