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Minding the gap? What gap? Potholes, thresholds and the ever-waiting abyss.


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Creative Writing as an academic discipline is now into its 4th decade in Australasia and, increasingly, academics and practitioners are being challenged to balance the literary contribution they and their graduates make to the growing canon of books and writings about writing, against the impact of electronic and social media and within the reality of a dwindling print media industry.
Just as the guard’s voice enjoins us on the underground, as we step from the train, to “Mind the gap” between the carriage and the station platform, this paper attempts to ‘mind’ or address several gaps which have appeared in recent years in the teaching of creative writing and the practice of writing as an academic discipline. In particular it brings together several themes and ideas raised in response to a call for papers for the 19th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association of Writing programmes held in Wellington, New Zealand in 2014 and will allude to several exciting new ways of minding gaps in the professional world of creative writing that rose from this dialogue.

Item Type: Paper presented at a conference, workshop, or other event which was not published in the proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: Creative writing, pedagogy, innovation, poetics, genre
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Schools > School of Media Arts
Depositing User: Gail Pittaway
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2015 03:01
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 03:41

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