Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities

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Creative Art Writing

PI on a series of doctoral training workshops for PhD Creative Writers and PhD Art Writers run in collaboration with Glasgow School of Art, University of Glasgow and Strathclyde University. Awarded £2,500 from Scottish Graduate School for the Arts & Humanities We aim to empower creative writers and art writers to be more adept professional scholars in their respective fields by enabling them to effectively share the different tactics, research methods, systems of distribution and audiences of their related disciplines. We will do this by running a series of residential workshops in which creative writers and art writers will collaborate, share methods, skills and approaches and learn new ways of collectively producing and distributing their work. The outcome, an iterative writing workshop structure that can be shared and repeated annually, will contribute to doctoral training in Scotland by transforming our understanding of the forms that research writing can take and of the many ways in which it can be distributed. While there is a broad training gap in Scotland for practice-based researchers, there is a particular niche within this training gap for writing as research-practice. This gap, in particular, pertains to both creative writers and art writers supported by the SGSAH. There are four key approaches that these scholars have in common: • they are practice-based researchers • writing is pursued as a research method, creative practice and craft • their creative outcome (writing) embodies their contribution to knowledge • they engage in field-work and learning-in-action However, the research methods employed by both disciplines and the contexts in which their works are distributed harbour distinct values and approaches. Creative writing conventionally encompasses a wide range of narrative forms (screenwriting, drama, novel, novella, graphic novel, myth, song, poetry...) while art writing combines many visual and material modes (art criticism, catalogue texts, zines, blogs, proposals, manifestos, speculation, theory-fiction...) There are just as many examples of cross-over: both writing disciplines are explicitly concerned with (different) systems of distribution; both engage with many of the same subgenera of non/fiction (drama, fable, horror, metafiction, essay, user manual, etc.) This means that creative writers and art writers have a great deal to learn from each other. The key rationale of this training project is to enable art writers and creative writers to exchange their knowledge on a peer-to-peer basis. The workshops will provide a structure to facilitate this exchange by enabling knowledge exchange in a convivial way that is inherently amenable to creative practice on its own terms. Facilitated by the proposers, the first workshop will enable the participants to induct each other into their own disciplinary approaches. From this, we will arrive at a working consensus for the second residential workshop. The residential workshop will develop a series of collaborative exercises and 'swarming' processes through which writers can co-author and co-produce their work. The residential will provide space and time for participants to develop some experimental writing practices. The final workshop will focus on systems of distribution. For this workshop we will engage two external (non-HEI) facilitators (selected by the participants). We will make use of ESW's production and distribution facilities. Having completed the three workshops, the participants will be in a unique position to collectively produce and publish their work. The proposers will mentor this process and support the participants with funding applications (should they be deemed necessary). This project is an exemplar of what Sarah Thelwall defines as “deferred value creation" in the arts. The first cohort will, in effect, facilitate new experiential knowledge, writing practices and tools for doctoral researchers to adapt and implement in subsequent years.
PeriodMar 2016May 2016
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