2012 Creative writing

Elizabeth Barrett, Cathy Malone and Viv Thom

There is increasing interest in the application of creative writing methodologies to teaching and learning in Higher Education (Saunders, 2006, 2007;Bolton, 2010). Drawing on this work, an initiative in the Faculty of Development and Society has been exploring the ways in which creative writing may be used to support teaching, learning and research across a range of disciplines. Led by poet and academic Elizabeth Barrett (from the Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion) the project aims to enrich student experience and achievement as well as support the research practice and professional development of staff. Creative writing, Barrett argues:  ‘creates an alternative way of knowing for both students and teachers; it allows us to engage emotionally as well as intellectually with the disciplines, offering a way of developing empathy and deepening our understanding’. The project has so far involved undergraduate and postgraduate students within the disciplines of education, politics, sociology, interior design, anthropology and international relations. 

This CoLab workshop will provide a taster of some of the techniques used by the project. The session, which will be facilitated by Cathy Malone, Viv Thom and Elizabeth Barrett, is aimed at staff from across the faculty and no experience or prior interest in creative writing is required. We will demonstrate some ways in which creative writing can be used as a trigger (across subject areas) to engage students, enhance knowledge and understanding of a discipline and support the development of research and academic writing skills.

Pressentation: D6 EN51 – Writing

D6 – (EN51) 15.30