2021 Conference

6th Annual Creative Writing Studies Conference Online

Creative Writing Studies Post-Pandemic: Writing as Care (CFP)

Friday and Saturday, October 8 and 9, 2021

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Proposals for papers and workshops will be accepted through July 1, 2021.

As we imagine possibilities for a post-pandemic world, we use this conference to recenter care. How can creative writing studies build or rebuild practices and communities of care? The ongoing global pandemic has challenged our notions of productivity and created unexpected hardships for writers and students. What lessons will we choose to take forward into the After Times?

We are interested in proposals that reckon explicitly with accessibility and anti-racist or restorative practices, that challenge patriarchal or heteronormative thinking, and that insist on seeing both teacher and student writers as whole persons. If we can assume that all writers entering our classrooms are whole persons, we must assume all deserve the joy of creative expression.

In the post-pandemic world, we must absolutely reject the spurious argument that caring for students or acknowledging the therapeutic benefit of writing somehow negates the artistic and intellectual value of the field.

This year, we invite paper or workshop proposals that examine how creative writing can incorporate joy; trauma-informed pedagogy and pedagogy of care; and the therapeutic, political, and hedonistic functions of creative writing. Possible topics could include, but are not limited to: democratizing craft, creative writing as self- or community care, socio-emotional learning in the writing classroom, collaborative writing projects, anti-racist pedagogies, the history of writing as moral/ethical education, pedagogies of love, creative writing program administration and social justice, writing as restorative and social justice, or other lessons of the pandemic.