Minding the gap: Writing across thresholds and faultlines

Pittaway, Gail and Conroy, Thom (2015) Minding the gap: Writing across thresholds and faultlines. Cambridge Scholars Publishers, Newcastle, UK. ISBN 978-1-4438-8065-7

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Book Description Passengers on the British railway and underground must ‘mind the gap’ because it’s dangerous not to. In a state of embarking or disembarking, passengers must stay aware of the small but significant space separating the stationary from the moving. The contemporary practices of writing and reading are in constant motion, and the phrase ‘mind the gap’ captures an essential aspect of the way language and literature progress as they pass through any number of social, technical, and political exchanges. ‘Minding the gap’ also suggests an awareness of the always shifting distance between the expected and the unexpected, the ordinary and the impossible, the familiar and unimagined. This book includes chapters on writing non–fiction, media and genre, and also addresses elements of identity, culture and linguistics in fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction as contributors consider the gaps that exist between the self as writer, as reader and as editor or mentor. The volume adopts the following key themes: • new gaps for creative writing in the academy; • writing in new genres, media and forms; • exploring the creative process and narrative strategies across disciplines. This book will be of international appeal to all readers interested in the changing landscape of creative writing.

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Additional Information:Creative Writing as an academic discipline is into its fourth decade in Australasia and, increasingly, academics and practitioners are being challenged to balance their contributions to the growing canon of writing about writing against the impact of the reality of a dwindling print media industry. Long cherished as the love-child of the arts and humanities, creative writing is now flirting with the sciences, social media and business, as these disciplines develop new emphases upon storytelling and narrative. Gaps between disciplines are closing as the former “silo” structures of academic programmes become merged. The following chapters started life at a conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) at Massey University, in Wellington, New Zealand, in November 2014, where the original call for papers under the Introductory Note 2 title of “Minding the gap: writing across thresholds and fault-lines” attracted a wide range of papers and discussions—well beyond the imagination of the convenors—to consider concepts and practices such as “writing across the gaps, reading between the lines, unearthing writing, writing across thresholds, fault lines and storylines”. With an eye to the physical gap between nations and an ear to the rumbling of earthquakes in our region, we also encouraged papers about building and rebuilding writing, survivor stories, and strategies for writers across gaps of time and place. Many of these fine contributions can be found on the website of the AAWP, www.aawp.org.au, published under the conference proceedings, in addition to the chapters published here.
Keywords that describe the item:Creative writing, writing practice, teaching across disciplines and genres
Subjects:L Education > LC Special aspects of education
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions:Schools > School of Media Arts
ID Code:5064
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