What is Creative Writing Studies?

Creative writing studies is an emerging discipline that is currently in the process of defining itself. In his 2009 College English article “One Simple Word: From Creative Writing to Creative Writing Studies,” Tim Mayers describes creative writing studies as a field of scholarly inquiry and research that he divides into three overlapping strands: pedagogical, historical, and advocacy-oriented. In her 2011 book Establishing Creative Writing Studies as an Academic Discipline, Dianne Donnelly defines the field as the exploration of “the history of creative writing, its workshop model as its primary practice, and the discipline's major pedagogical practices." Both acknowledge that this field is still young and will need further research and investigation before it can become its own discrete discipline.

What is the Creative Writing Studies Organization?

The Creative Writing Studies Organization, which became a non-profit corporation in early 2016, is dedicated to helping creative writing studies establish itself through increasing the visibility of scholarship that pertains to creative writing and being an inclusive, diverse space that fosters open conversation about topics pertaining to the field. The organization does this through two primary means: its peer-reviewed, open-access publication The Journal of Creative Writing Studies and through an annual Creative Writing Studies Conference, the first of which will be held in fall 2016.

How to Get Involved

The Creative Writing Studies Organization has plans to incorporate as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization so we may collect dues and begin formally enrolling members. At present, we encourage you to read the Journal of Creative Writing Studies and learn more about the Creative Writing Studies Conference. Consider submitting an article to the journal or a paper proposal to the conference. Join our Facebook page and Twitter account to stay in the loop for announcements.

When the time comes, register as a member of the organization and attend the conference. Perhaps you may wish to run for office or participate in elections. While many scholars have been expressing the need for more recognition for creative writing studies for some time, the field is still young and the organization is brand new. We want everyone to feel welcome and to participate in shaping the future of the organization.